December 2016

Maithiri-Ranil-Mahinda: Who will take whom for a ride in 2017

26th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Donald Trump won the US electoral college vote last week this driving the final nail into the coffin of the liberal mafia that had spread its tencacles throughout the globe extending into Sri Lanka as well. This was a mafia that destroyed everything it touched, as we in Sri Lanka are now experiencing on a daily basis. Even after Trump won the election, the Clinton camp did not give up. They tried to change the result by asking for recounts in certain key states. When that failed to produce the desired result, they tried to persuade Republican members of the electoral college to defect. The excuse they trotted out was that Clinton had won the popular vote and the members of the electoral college could […]

War Crimes in Allepo: Sri Lanka Yesterday, Syria Today – TGTE

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

The brutal war crimes committed in recent days against residents of Allepo, Syria by Russian and Syrian government forces are painfully reminscent of the genocide of Eelam Tamils carried out by the Sri Lankan regime in 2009. And this time too the international community has abjectly failed to protect the lives of innocent civilians and uphold global conventions and rule of law in any manner. According to a document submitted to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria by several human rights groups Russian air strikes in the Aleppo region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children. The document lists some 304 alleged attacks carried out primarily between July and December in violation of international laws prohibiting killing of civilians. In mid-2009 when […]

JO EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTITUTION

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

The so-called joint opposition today announced that it will extend conditional support to the Constitution proposed by the unity government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The government commenced the process to enact a new Constitution for the country last year. The Constitutional reforms process commenced with the appointment of the public representation committee. Parliament was also transformed into a Constitutional Assembly for the process of the enacting the new constitution. At present, a Parliamentary Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed to formulate the draft for new Constitution. Under six categories, subcommittees will deliberate subjects to be included in the new Constitution. Meanwhile, Parliament is scheduled to debate the reports submitted by the sub committees on […]

Cheating Sinhalese in proposal and Tamils through outcome

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has made two statements regarding reconciliation via constitutional reform. Firstly, he has said that a referendum on a new constitution should not be approached the way the Presidential Election was fought. In that election, the Northern and Eastern Provinces voted overwhelmingly for President Sirisena, who was the default candidate of the United National Party and as such was backed to the hilt by the coalition led by that party. What Anura K is saying, then, is that in this instance voters should not back a UNP-drafted proposal. In other words, as far as the JVP is concerned, this is not something to do with Mahinda Rajapaksa and indeed is a larger issue that has little to do with regimes, regime-change, […]

Sri Lanka in danger of falling back into Rajapaksa tyranny

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

Despite the progress made over a few minor matters, since the silent revolution on January 8, 2015, which established the coalition government, no good governance has been established thus far and Sri Lanka is dangerously getting closer to relapsing into a “Rajapaksa dictatorship”, a renowned economist warned this week. According to Institute of Policy Studies Chairman Prof. Razeen Sally, Sri Lanka is currently just drifting without making much progress in any of the crucial fronts, which will soon make the whole landscape unstable, risking the country relapsing into “a Rajapaksa-like scenario” that existed in the past. “With the rising social discontent, particularly outside Colombo, I think this scenario (a relapse into a Rajapaksa-like scenario) becomes more plausible by the day or by the month in […]

Constitution making process: JO spells out non-negotiable conditions

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Joint Opposition yesterday stressed that its participation in the ongoing constitutional making process would be subject to 14 non-negotiable conditions. The JO grouping comprises 51 members of parliament elected on the UPFA ticket at Aug 17, 2015 parliamentary polls. JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena and former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said that the JO had explained its position to the government, which, they said, was divided over the proposed constitutional reforms. Prof. Peiris highlighted the sharp differences between the UNP and the SLFP on key features including the status of executive presidency. In addition to constitutional reforms, the JO addressed several issues at the media briefing at the Dr N. M. Perera Centre. Prof. Peiris said the UNP and […]

Proposed constitution won’t endanger security – Prez

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces has assured a delegation of ex-servicemen led by retired Rear Admiral and former UPFA Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekera that the proposed Constitution wouldn’t be inimical to national security. President Maithripala Sirisena also emphasised that he would always look after the interests of the armed forces. The assurance was given when the ex-servicemen met the President at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. A spokesperson for the Presidential Secretariat told The Island that they had discussed problems faced by ex-servicemen and an assurance had been given to them that their welfare would be looked after (SF)

President Obama Urged to De-list Tamil Tigers from the US Terrorism List: Tamils for Obama

23rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON DC, USA, December 20, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — A spokesman for Tamils for Obama urged President Obama to delist the Tamil Tigers from the US Terrorism list. Many Tamils are suffering from the listing of Tamil Tigers . Because of the listing of Tamil Tigers, it creates pain for many US Tamils when they travel to abroad and when they return to US. They have to go through many hours of interrogation. Some US Tamils have asked us to convince President Obama to help us by removing Tamil Tigers from the list. Obama can give Tamils a little relief by de-listing the Tamil Tiger during this Christmas and giving season. The Tamil Tiger were defunct and no more of them. No Tiger activities reported for […]

Sri Lanka At A Crossroads – A Tamil Perspective

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Suren Surendiran – January 2015 saw one of the worst tyrannies in the history of Sri Lanka come to an abrupt end. The unexpected was realised through the ballot and not through bullet. President Maithripala Sirisena swept to power with 51.2% of the vote compared with his rival who mustered 47.6%. Although there were pockets in the South where Maithripala managed to edge over Rajapaksa, the minorities, particularly the Tamils, in their areas of domination overwhelmingly rejected Rajapaksa, in some districts voting for Maithripala by 4 to 5 times more, which ultimately gave him, the win. August 2015 yet again saw extremism within the Sinhalese and Tamils being out rightly rejected to form a coalition government and an opposition, both with majority of moderate voices. Military […]

Sri Lanka Navy chases away 3,000 TN fishermen, threatens to shoot them

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Rameswaram: Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return without their catch after Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly intercepted them and snapped fishing nets of ten mechanised boats off Katchatheevu islet.  The Lankan naval personnel cut the nets and chased away the fishermen on charges of entering their territorial waters yesterday, Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association president P Sesuraja said. The fishermen who had ventured into the sea from this island town in more than 600 boats were intercepted by the naval men, who also threatened to shoot them, he added. The fishermen returned to the shore this morning, he said. Sesuraja urged the Centre to act on Sri Lankan navy’s “atrocities” against Tamil Nadu fishermen. On December 15, more than 2,500 fishermen from here were […]

Rajiv’s killer pens to defend husband

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI:  Nalini Sriharan is one of the longest serving women prisoners in the world. Accused of hosting two female suicide bombers, Suba and Dhanu from Sri Lanka, along with her husband Sriharan alias Murugan, another convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Nalini has been languishing in Vellore jail for 25 years now. In a recently released book, Rajiv Kolai: Maraikkapatta Unmaigalum, Priyanka-Nalini Santhippum (Rajiv assassination: Suppressed facts and Priyanka-Nalini meeting), compiled by journalist Ekalaivan, Nalini opens up on what transpired in the meeting between her and the slain prime minister’s daughter. The book includes three chapters on how Sriharan became his own counsel. The excerpts Nalini Sriharan being taken away by the police We were the only ‘family’ who were accused in this case. […]

Why Mahinda asked his fellow Joint Opposition members to take a break

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon President Maithripala Srisena arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday (15) afternoon kicking-off his three-day State visit to Malaysia. Upon being warmly received on arrival by Malaysian Human Resource Development Minister Dato Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem and senior officials in the presence of the staff members of the Sri Lanka High Commission, President Sirisena was received with State honours that included a guard of honour at the Airport. During his visit, the President signed several bilateral Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Government of Malaysia. These included, MoUs on cooperation in tourism, training, research, and public administration, between the Sri Lanka Agricultural Research Policy Council and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, between the Ministry of Plantation Industries in […]

TNA, NPC want powers of governors reduced

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) had requested the government to reduce the power vested in the governors of the Provincial Councils.   “We wanted to reduce the powers vested with the governors because it is known that the governors have extreme powers as he was a representative of the Executive President”, TNA MP M.K.Sivajilingam. He said the TNA and the NPC had presented this proposal because the council members couldn’t do anything without the approval of the governor. He said this situation was equal to other Provincial Council as well Meanwhile, NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam said they had requested the Government to consider this proposal when amending the Constitution. “However, we have no objection of President appointing them,” he […]

From Jayalalithaa to Trump:Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

From Jayalalithaa to Trump:Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities and new distractions by Rajan Philips Jayalalithaa and Trump in one article title might seem farfetched. Ordinarily so, but we are not living in ordinary times; even though our times are not extraordinary for any particularly heroic reason. The Jayalalithaa-Trump nexus is appropriate to discussing Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities and new distractions. My purpose in discussing Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities vis-a-vis Tamil Nadu is to explore if things could and would be different in the future. As for new distractions, President Sirisena’s reported overtures to American President-elect Trump may create a foreign policy conundrum for Sri Lanka, given Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s surprising enthusiasm for forging even stronger dependence on infrastructure investments from China than it was under Mahinda […]

Alarming fall in fertility rate in North and East

18th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Alarming fall in fertility rate in genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils [TamilNet, Sunday, 11 December 2016, 23:39 GMT] The district with largest number of Eezham Tamil population in the entire island is Jaffna district. But, it is the district with lowest fertility-rate registered in the whole island. If Tamils fail to take proper measures to address the issue, their status will decline as the third ethnicity, ranking below Tamil-speaking Muslims by the year of 2028, according to the projection by Murali Vallipuranathan MBBS, who holds expertise in population studies. A systematic genocidal policy of birth control is being implemented against Tamils, the expert says with credible evidences and statistics. While controlling the birth rate among Tamils, there are systematic efforts to accelerate the birth rate […]

impossible to reconcile in SiLanka

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leader of Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan have sought former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support for the ongoing constitutional reform efforts in Sri Lanka. In the first instance of reaching out to the former President, ousted in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015, the leaders asked Mr. Rajapaksa, as “a senior and respected leader”, to back the national unity government and other political parties working with it to remake the country’s Constitution, The Hindu learns. The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office in Parliament last week was reportedly prompted by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is said to be keen that the former President be brought on board while the country embarks on a new Constitution. It […]

Don’t see MR making a comeback: PM

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a recent interview with The Hindu had said people would realise, as new policies succeed, that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a failure and that he couldn’t see Rajapaksa making a comeback. When asked whether he was concerned over the possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comeback, the Prime Minister said Mahinda Rajapaksa couldn’t afford to be out of the SLFP and he would lose his base and the party could take disciplinary action. “In my view, as time goes on he will lose the base support he has, because times are changing and the younger voters are not with him. So, if they miss out on the younger voters, there will be other parties who will try to cater to them. […]

Mangala says protesters were not Lankan Tamils, but those of Indian origin

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dasun Edirisinghe reporting from Kuala Lumpur Tamils who protested in Malaysia against alleged war crimes were not Sri Lankans, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. He said Tamils of Indian origin had organised demonstrations against Sri Lanka without knowing the new government’s commitment to reconciliation. Ruling out Lankan Tamil diaspora carrying out protests against Sri Lanka in Malaysia, Samaraweera asked them to visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves the change that had taken place. “I am not blaming Tamil diaspora for organising protests. They were carried out by a group of extremists,” he said. He said there were Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim diaspora abroad who were aware of the country’s reconciliation drive after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power on […]

Gotabaya and joint opposition seek support in Japan

15th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the joint opposition are in Japan for talks with the Sri Lankan community in Japan. Rajapaksa met a group of Sri Lankans in Japan, including the Buddhist clergy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in Japan on an invitation extended to him by the Sri Lankan community in Japan who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Post-January 2015 US-Lanka military relations Background

15th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Three recent events marked the rapidly growing US – Sri Lanka relationship in the wake of the recently concluded US presidential poll which brought Republicans back to power. Republicans lost the White House in January, 2009. * The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit engaged in what the US called theatre security cooperation (TSC) project with the Sri Lankan Navy’s newly formed marine force. The exercise took place in Trincomalee from 23 to 25 Nov., 2016. * The unprecedented exercise was followed by the first US four-star officer to visit Sri Lanka, following the conclusion of the war, in May, 2009, participating at the Seventh Edition of the Galle Dialogue. Addressing the two-day conference (Nov 28-29, 2016) the Commander of the US Pacific Command […]

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