January 2017

Pro-Tamil outfits up ante on war crimes probe

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

As a regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is set to meet in Geneva in March, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan on Monday urged the Indian government to sponsor a resolution at the council that would ensure that there is an international investigation led by international judges into the alleged war crimes in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009. He said that VCK, SDPI, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi, Tamil nationalist parties and Periyarite groups will soon protest outside Central government offices to urge the Indian government in this regard. Mr. Thirumavalavan told journalists here that the Maithiripala Sirisena’s regime in Sri Lanka has been consistently misleading the international community on the status of the Tamils and […]

Sri Lanka: “Thirteenth (13th) Amendment no solution to our problem”

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

by our London Correspondent ( January 30, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) JVP MP Vijitha Herath visiting London on invitation for a Workshop of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, also met the Tamil and Muslim diaspora on 27 January 2017 at Trinity Community Hall, East Ham, London E12 6SG. He stated that the 13th Amendment was no solution to the problem in Sri Lanka. Both the Tamils and the Sinhala people should have equal economic rights. Both Languages are state languages, but there is no implementation of the Tamil language in many areas and as seen particularly in Police stations. As far as national unity is concerned, the JVP has always stood for united and not a divided country. Our political stance all long has been […]

Is robbing 48 gold sovereigns, Rs. 600,000 from a Tamil an act of war heroic?

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

A senior Navy officer is being accused of having abducted and detained a Tamil businessman of Colombo during the war and robbing 48 gold sovereigns and Rs. 600,000 in cash from him before making him to disappear. The Colombo magistrate’s court has severely reprimanded the CID for delaying the arrest of the accused and ordered the senior DIG in charge of the CID to appear before the court and explain as to why he was not yet arrested.  Thereafter, the CID has informed the Navy officer in question to report to the CID on February 01. Incumbent Navy commander Ravi Wijegunawardena and ex-commander Wasantha Karannagoda are exerting pressure on the government hierarchy that acting against the war heroes would affect their morale. According to reports […]

Mahinda opposed to Gota, Chamal gaining upper hand

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

Reports say Mahinda Rajapaksa is strongly opposing attempts by the joint opposition to raise the image of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or Chamal Rajapaksa as his political successor. When MP Kumar Welgama made a suggestion in this regard, Mahinda took him to task and expelled him, reports say.    A majority of JO MPs is of the view that they could not go on in this journey by retaining Mahinda as their leader, as he had been rejected at the last presidential election. They want either Gotabhaya or Chamal to take his place.  If such a decision is taken, most SLFP MPs in the government can be lured into their side, they believe.   When Welgama made the suggestion, Mahinda had become very angry, severely reprimanded and […]

Five Suspects Arrested Over Plot To AssassinateTNA MP Sumanthiran Produced At Kilinochchi Court And Remanded Until Feb 13th

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Another suspect has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) told a court in Kilinochchi yesterday. Vijayan from Mannar is the fifth suspect to be arrested in the case. The interrogation of four ex-LTTE cadres arrested earlier this month in connection with the case and further inquiries had led to Vijayan’s arrest, Daily FT learns. Yesterday, the TID informed the Kilinochchi magistrate court that the five were being held on drug charges and in connection with plotting to assassinate a politician. The TID filed three reports in court yesterday, including a request to have the suspects’ mobile telephones sent for decryption and analysis. The four rehabilitated […]

The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

31st January 2017 // 0 Comments

by Rohini Mohan “Gripping and profoundly moving … an astonishing feat of reportage.” – NPR Guide to 2014’s Great Reads For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. More than a million had been displaced by the conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. But the next five years changed everything. Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the heroism of wartime survival to reveal the creeping violence of the everyday. When city-bred Sarva is dragged off the streets by state forces, his middle-aged mother, Indra, […]

Looks who is talking of corruption.

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Borrowing several battle-cries from the opposition campaign that ousted his administration two years ago, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed a massive political rally in Nugegoda yesterday, accusing the national unity Government of corruption and vowing to recover stolen state assets when he regains political power. The Government was guilty of treason, Rajapaksa said, accusing them of selling off state institutions, property and harbours to foreigners. The ex-President turned Member of Parliament for the Kurunegala District also issued a tacit warning to all those looking to invest in state owned assets that a future government he leads would be looking to reclaim them. “When we come back to power, we will reclaim all these state assets,” he warned. President Maithripala accepted that the […]

Overseas LTTE Backed Plot To Assassinate TNA MP Sumanthiran in Jaffna?

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Nallavan” (not his real name) is a Tamil youth living in a Northern village. He was a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization who had surrendered to the armed forces in May 2009. He was incarcerated for a period of time and released after undergoing a process of rehabilitation. Life in a post-war Northern environment was painfully difficult because Nallavan could not get gainful employment anywhere. Neither did he have adequate financial resources to go abroad. Nallavan lived with an aged aunt and engaged occasionally in manual work as a casual worker whenever possible. Nallavan was approached by a former LTTE cadre called “Master” in November last year. Master asked “Nallavan” to hoist the LTTE flag clandestinely at particular […]

Tracing rip-offs during Mahinda regime unlikely – FCID

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) said it has made no substantial breakthrough in any of the 200 plus high profile overseas financial corruption cases they had filed in Court within the last two years. An FCID official told Ceylon Today that they have written to nearly 70 countries including Ukraine, USA, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, ……the Caribbean Islands including Jamaica and Panama, to name a few, but only 10 countries even acknowledged the letters which asked them to furnish details of the individuals who are believed to have stashed ill-gotten money in their countries. FCID teams have gone to Ukraine, Singapore and Hong Kong and held discussion on several cases but have been […]

NO POLITICAL PACKAGE TO TAMILS

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

No Easy Walk to the Constitution Many irons in the fire; President Sirisena is the enigma Some people’s dream ticket “The laws delays, the insolence of office” by Kumar David There is clarity on what the Steering Committee and six subcommittees would like to see in subsidiary aspects of the constitution; however there is a black-hole in the middle regarding the apex. Subsidiary means Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Law and Order (police and national security), Public Service, Finance, and believe it or not, there has been unanimity in the Centre-Periphery subcommittee. Hooray, but there is a hole in the hub, a lacuna at the central apex. By apex I mean; will the presidency be executive (if yes, what powers?) or ceremonial as in parliamentary systems; what […]

Kiriella asks ex-President Rajapaksa why he is now opposing SAITM

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday in parliament demanded to know from ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as to how he and Joint Opposition oppose the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine now after giving 600 million rupees to set up the SAITM during the last government. Minister Kiriella said: Mahinda Rajapaksa government gave 600 million rupees to Dr Neville Fernando to commence the SAITM. That is good. Now we all could legalise private university education. Those who started the SAITM today oppose it. How and why are you opposing the SAITM now? Kiriella said so after former President Rajapaksa condemned the government for taking university students who protested against the SAITM into custody. “SAITM problem could not be solved by taking undergraduates into […]

Misery in Mannar for villagers who fled the clutches of terror

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

There is no water to drink, no land to build homes, no jobs and very little hope. This is the situation facing hundreds of displaced people who returned to Mannar to find their lives have gone from bad to worse. Many families fled Mannar in the Northern Province in fear of Tamil terrorism 26 years ago to Puttalam, but they came home to find hopelessness, they say. A visit to the village Silawathura in the Musali division reveals the extent of their problems. In Musali, there were 3,044 families made up of 13,215 people in 1990, but now the number has swelled to 53,700 people. Bakery owner, Mohamed Haneefer, 62, fled in fear of Tamil terrorists, who had ordered people to leave within a day […]

No Office of Missing Persons

29th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera opening the Foreign Ministry’s Regional Office in Jaffna and the Indian Consulate celebrating the 67th Republic Day of India took place on Thursday (26) in the backdrop of the family members of the disappeared persons and the political prisoners staging their hunger strike in Vavuniya. The fast unto death hunger strike by the family members of the disappeared persons and political prisoners in the North which commenced on Tuesday (22) in Vavuniya is the first to be staged with the dawn of this year. The family members of disappeared persons and political prisoners in the North and the East have been agitating in search of their disappeared as well as their detained family members for the past several years […]

Prominent Int’l Lawyer Calls his Colleagues to Sign TGTE’s challenge at the UN Against Sri Lanka’s 6th Amendment

26th January 2017 // 0 Comments

TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM (TGTE)’s SIXTH AMENDMENT INITIATIVE AN IMPORTANT STEP TO EELAM TAMILS’ SELF DETERMINATION Prominent International Human Rights lawyer, Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois in the United States of America,signed the Petition today demonstrating his legal representation and solidarity to the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) initiative of challenging the 6thAmendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. The petition challenges the 6th Amendment, Read More

Revive Or Revisit Chandrika Package, But…

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Those proposing a second term for Sirisena are possibly floating a trial-balloon of their own By taking the constitutional route the present government has cleverly side-stepped one-on-one negotiations with the Tamil leadership Today, the government of the day has not said anything about what the constitutional package and provisions are President Maithripala Sirisena , Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , Minister Rajitha Senaratne and Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga At a Colombo news conference recently, former SLFP President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s planned proposals for a new Constitution were based on the famed ‘Chandrika Package’ of 2000. Incumbent President, Maithripala Sirisena, also heading the SLFP, has chosen not to react personally as yet – as has been […]

Fasting Unto Death At Vavuniya – Letter To The President

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran – Northern Chief The tremendous expectations and hopes our people placed in Your Excellency seem to be eroding in recent times and Your Excellency must take note of their feelings not only for political reasons but also for ethnical and humanitarian reasons. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena President Presidential Secretariat Colombo 1 Fasting unto death at Vavuniya Your Excellency, You may be aware of the Fast undertaken by the relatives of those who are Missing and those Political Prisoners in incarceration opposite Vavuniya Police Station. For the third day they have not consumed any water let alone food. Many are quite old and are now looking extremely tired. Soon they would get dehydrated. Unless something is done immediately we may […]

The Tamil Question: The Agony Of An Unsettled Ethnic Inequality

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Vishwamithra1984 – “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”  ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms Kadiresan woke up early morning, a couple of hours before sunshine, looked up towards the starless skies and let out a deep sigh; he knew it was going to be another scorching, hot day in the peninsula. In the distance, beyond a parched landscape full of palms and groves lay his oasis of land; although it was only a quarter of an acre in area, it was […]

Action Against Bahu Attacker Under Racial Discrimination

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

A visibly displeased leader of the Nava Sama Samaja Party Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, has expressed his dissatisfaction after the Kaduwela Magistrate ordered for the bail of a man, who recently vilified him and called him a traitor who should be killed for selling the country to Tamils and Muslims. The culprit had racially discriminated Karunarathne at a restaurant late last year. Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne Detailing the incident, Karunarathne said that in last November when he was having dinner with two of his friends at a restaurant in Thalawathugoda, a man came up to him and asked if he was Vickramabahu Karunarathne, and when he had acknowledged that he was, then the man started hurling various abuses and racial slurs. “He became furious. He shouted abuse […]

Court Of Appeal Reinstates Raviraj’s Murder Trial Appeal

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Following submissions made by the counsel of slain TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj’s family, the Court of Appeal which dismissed the appeal against the Colombo High Court judgement, today reinstated the appeal against the judgment. Raviraj On January 20, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the verdict delivered by the Colombo High Court filed by the victim’s wife Shashikala Raviraj on grounds that the plaintiffs were not present in court when the case was taken up for consideration. However today, when the counsel of Raviraj’s family, M. A. Sumanthiran made submissions to the Court of Appeal, the bench after considering the submissions decided to reinstate the appeal. In December, the Colombo High Court acquitted all five suspects including three former intelligence officers of the […]

The day Kumar Sangakkara felt humbled Unpardonable failure to capitalize on ‘Spirit of Cricket’ lecture

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lankan cricketer, Kumar Sangakkara earned the wrath of the war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for his hour long “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at the July, 2011, Sir Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. Some politicians and officials depicted the lecture as a frontal attack on the then government. Those who had resented Sangakkara, for being critical of their conduct, cleverly deceived President Rajapaksa. They propagated the lie that the cricketer was challenging the government and was working with the Opposition. Sangakkara received an invitation from the MCC to deliver the CC lecture, shortly after Sri Lanka lost to India, at the World Cup final, in early April, 2011. The stylish batsman had been the first Sri Lankan to receive an invitation from […]

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