31st January 2017

Pro-Tamil outfits up ante on war crimes probe

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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”

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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

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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

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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, […]