January 2017

ITAK leaders have violated Tamil people’s democratic mandate: Premachandran

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 January 2017, 22:39 GMT] The very basic demands of Tamils have been totally denied, both by the constitutional assembly tasked with drafting the new constitution and by the political parties in the South. On what basis, the two ITAK politicians R. Sampanthan and M. Sumanthiran continue to be part of the constitutional assembly, asks EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran, who took up the matter in a recent coordinating committee meeting of the TNA. The Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK), under the leadership of Thanthai S.J.V Chelvanayakam, boycotted the 1972 Constitution as the constitutional proposal didn’t respect the demands of Tamils. Similarly, the TULF boycotted the 1978 constitution brought by J.R. Jayawardene. There has been no democratic discussion or debate within the ranks of […]

A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health!

12th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Jallikattu Ban – A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health! – Janani Vivek Indian humped Cows Vs Western  humpless Cows  Nutritious A2 milk vs toxic disease causing A1 milk – Autism, Type 1 diabetes & several other diseases linked with A1 milk – Divine Indian cows – Propaganda by western cattle industry – White revolution – Native breeds of Indian nearly extinct – Ruthless Cow slaughters – Hypocrite animal activism – Ban on Jallikatu a trickery to kill Indian bulls and more! In this post I’ll expose what the dairy industry and the doctors doesn’t want you know. This post could save you and your family from several health illnesses and save our country from an economical crisis. […]

Mahinda and JO engaged Lankans in USA against Hillary becoming President

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene in an interview with the Dailymirror, speaks about the status of economy, future challenges and the global situation. He shared the following: Q How do you analyse the end result of the implementation of the current budgetary provisions? If you look at the country’s status of economy in 2017 from an objective and economic point of view, you can foresee a number of challenges lying ahead. One is the drastic depreciation of the rupee value posing a threat to economic stability. Secondly, the fast dwindling of the country’s foreign reserves is there. It is a challenge for the government to strengthen the reserves from the current level. Thirdly, the unprecedented rise of interest rates is a problem. As for the […]

European Commission decides to restore GSP+ trade access for Sri Lanka

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – The European Commission Wednesday said it proposed the European Union remove import duties on Sri Lankan products, restoring GSP Plus trade access to the island’s biggest export market. “These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries,” it said in a statement. The European Parliament and the Council have now up to four months to raise potential objections before the measures become effective. “Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory,” the EC statement said. “Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for […]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Consultations Highlight Broad Accountability Concerns (New York) – Sri Lanka’s government should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) in a report released on January 3, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The report reflects the first broad survey of Sri Lankan citizens on their aspirations for truth and justice, as called for by the October 2015 resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Key among the task force’s recommendations is the creation of a war crimes court comprised of both international and national judges and other officials, with no time limit on its jurisdiction. Support for this court included ethnic Sinhalese, whose population suffered thousands of enforced disappearances three decades ago for which there has been […]

Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) called for full participation of foreign judges, and other personnel, including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. Mrs Muttetuwegama delivered the report to the, Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, on January 3, 2017, at the Presidential Secretariat. The CTFRM released the report on the eve of the third anniversary of President Maithripala […]

CBK calls for talks on foreign judges et al on judicial mechanism

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has called for extensive discussions on far reaching recommendations, including the participation of foreign judges and other personnel in proposed war crimes probe, made by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation (CTFRM). The outfit also called for abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), demilitarization of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, bifurcation of the Attorney General’s Department to pave the way for Office of Public Prosecutor among other proposals. Kumaratunga was responding to a query by The Island at a media briefing at the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA), Janadhipathi Mawatha, Col. 1, yesterday. Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Kumaratunga said the decision on CTFRM recommendations could be taken following discussions. The […]

NOW China seeks clarity from Mahinda on opposition to deal

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

China has sought clarity from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his opposition to the Hambantota deal. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, met Rajapaksa today and discuss matters related to the Hambantota port and investment zone.  The meeting took place at Rajapaksa’s official residence and Rajapaksa’s office said that he informed the Chinese envoy the opposition cannot agree to the proposal to allocate 15,000 acres of land in Hambantota to a foreign country. China is funding an investment zone in Hambantota and a Chinese company is to operate the Hambantota port. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka ex-President says Hambantota port deal worst alternative ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa says a decision to sell 80 percent of Hambantota Port to China for 99-year is […]

Implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 11 February 2017, London  Global Tamil Forum calls on the Sri Lankan Government to faithfully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) released on January 3, 2017 and calls on the Sri Lankan government to fully implement these recommendations. We wish to congratulate the eleven-member panel headed by senior lawyer Manouri Muttetuwegama, who after exhaustive, countrywide consultations conducted over a year, have come up with a unanimous report. The fact that the panel members come from all communities and their consultations reflect aspirations and apprehensions of victims from different communities, gives us hope that the Sri Lankan society, at last, can transcend […]

World’s greatest liar award winner’s record breaking lies ! (Video)

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -09.Jan.2017, 11.30PM)  A most stupid story of the century was related by no less a person  than the notorious and mendacious ex president Mahinda Rajapakse , M.P. Kurunegala on the 7 th at Kandy. This fairy tale is aimed at stoking ruthless turbulence and reckless setting fire to  the entire country and against   the determined efforts made by the present  government to re build the country via the proposed Hambantota Port . Deposed ,  discarded and desperate  ex president Mahinda who is by now a byword for corruption and murders said , the heat generated by the residual oil released  at  the proposed Hambantota Industrial zone is going to be so intense that even the residents of Nuwara eliya will not be able […]

Lasantha Wickrematunge Murder Investigation: IGP Awaits Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Approval To Interrogate Gota And Fonseka

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Amidst loads of criticism for postponing the Local Government Elections for citing different reasons, the Yahapalanaya government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are both delaying in providing authority to question the former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaka and current Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka over the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, Colombo Telegraph has learnt. According to the sources close to IGP Pujith Jayasunadara, the preliminary investigation into the high profile murder has now been completed and requires questioning the hierarchy of the former Rajapaksa regime that was in power during the death of Wickrematunge. However the secret unit established in between the decision makers and police preliminary investigators needs to decide if the political authorities requires to proceed and […]

Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies: Hausmann

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Jan 10, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka should rethink its immigration, diaspora and product development policies so as to encourage more complexity in exports, economist Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University said in Colombo on Monday. Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit from, he said. Hausmann, the director for the Center for International Development at Harvard University, is advising Sri Lanka on how to develop the economy, on the request of the government. Silicon Valley is driven by immigrants who account for half of top management positions, Hausmann said, giving an example of how certain industries achieve exceptional growth. Sri Lanka has, however, struggled to diversify exports, […]

“Ranil Has Ordered For My Arrest” Wimal Weerawansa Said Just Before His Arrest

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was arrested this morning by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID). Wimal Weerawansa He was arrested on charges of misusing state vehicles during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term. He was arrested after he arrived this morning at the FCID to give a statement over the allegations. Speaking to journalists outside the FCID building this morning, prior to entering the FCID, Weerawansa claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ordered the FCID to arrest him today. “Based on the information we have received, the FCID is preparing to put me behind bars today. Just before going abroad, Wickremesinghe has ordered for the arrest of me and several others,” he said. Weerawansa also added that these political motivated arrests were not going to stop […]

The Art Of Lying – Ask MP Gammanpila

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe Of course, Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila is the founder President of ‘Pivithuru Hela Urumaya.” (PHU). Mind you, it is simply ‘pivithuru,’ or pure. The party he was in before was The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU). He, it can be logically inferred, left the JHU to form the PHU because the JHU wasn’t the pure form of the Platonic Universal which lies somewhere in transcendent realty. In other words, the JHU was a poor shadow of the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism that exists as a universal somewhere in a reality beyond the reality that one can empirically feel and touch and see. On the other hand, in the case of Gammanpila he has been able to download the very Platonic Universal itself. […]

TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Tamil National alliance (TNA), which is the official Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and the ruling party in the Northern Provincial Council, will continue to support the ongoing process to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka despite internal dissensions. The TNA, which met twice last week, decided to accept leader R.Sampanthan’s advice that despite doubts about a getting a favorable outcome from the constitution-making process, the process should be supported because there is no alternative to it. The TNA leader thinks that the present Sirisena-Wickremesinghe dispensation is the only one which can deliver goods for the Tamils because the Sinhala opposition parties led by a resurgent and former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, are resolutely and uncompromisingly averse to any more devolution of […]

War crimes probe: Sri Lankan dilemma

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

DID Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe bargain for trouble when he appointed, last year, a task force to seek public views and comments on advancing the cause of reconciliation in the island nation? Anyway, the task force’s recommendation that Sri Lanka should bring in international prosecutors and judges to help investigate alleged atrocities in the civil war that ended in 2009 seems to have divided the nation. In effect, the task force has endorsed the UN call for including international judges to probe the conduct of Lankan troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the final phase of the civil war. Both President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government finally defeated the LTTE in 2009, are against any […]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala in London – Chatham House, 18.00-19.00, 11 Jan 2017

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Process, Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka   – https://www.chathamhouse.org/events?field_event_flags_tid=members   The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE  Chatham House website: 1.President Sirisena offers hope. Now he must deliver – A new start for Sri Lanka, The World Today, February 2015, Volume 71, Number 1 2.”Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory over incumbent president Mahinda Rajapakse is remarkable, but he must tackle entrenched political and social problems while holding together what seems an inherently fractious coalition. …………… ………………………”  – Sri Lanka After the Upset,  Chris Smith, 13 January 2015, https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/16641    3.”The speaker will argue that the energetic media industry which distinguished post-independence Sri Lanka has significantly deteriorated. She will suggest that this decline is partially due to the […]

Northern Politicos Not Happy

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

by  Roshani Nathaniel Sampanthan, Sidharthan and Suresh Premechandran The Tamils in the North played a pivotal role in the change of regime and they expected their burning issues, mainly the resettlement, releasing of political prisoners and reduction of the military presence in the North to be fulfilled. Some election promises have been partially activated but according to the Northern people the majority of their expectations have not been fulfilled. The Tamils in the North are also rather disgruntled with their elected leaders and feel that their issues have been neglected for political gain. According to TNA member Suresh Premachandran the government process is very slow and still the armed forces are holding onto the private lands and still the people cannot return to their own […]

Udayanga’s 16 bank accounts frozen: Total balance Rs. 225 million

8th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Colombo’s Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has directed that the bank accounts in Sri Lanka of Udayanga Weeratunga, former Ambassador to Russia, be frozen. The move follows an application to Court made by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), which gave details of the account numbers and the balances remaining in each one of them. Mr. Weeratunga had 14 different accounts in the Commercial Bank and two in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). The total amount of US dollars remaining in these accounts, according to the FCID application, is US$ 1,579,340.66, i.e. US$ 1.5 million (about Rs. 222 million). The Sri Lanka rupee balance in all these accounts, the FCID has said, is Rs 3,042,072.75, i.e. Rs. 3 Million. The FCID application also […]

Whom Is Percy Mahinda Trying To fool?

8th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is going around the country blowing his horn that he is going to topple the National Unity Government reminiscent of a schoolboy on his big match day going about town screaming that he is going to win the match. Senior politicians with the aspirations of being held up as statesmen are expected to behave with gravitas and decorum and not behave like schoolboys. Opposition leaders who hope to lead the nation once again do not keep repeating at every street junction the threat of bringing down an incumbent government. They bring it down with decorum and in quietude. As a member of the opposition he has the right to call for a change of government and take appropriate action in democratic […]

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