2nd May 2017

Of the 44 journalists who were killed, 41 are Tamils ! Why no proper probe ?

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Of the 44 media personnel who died 41 are Tamils ! Why no proper probe ? – C.M. asks at commemoration ceremony of first Web editor Sivaram (Lanka-e-News – 30.April.2017, 9.25PM)  The investigations into the murders of Tamil journalists during the period of the war are progressing at snail’s pace , lamented northern  chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran . The chief minister made this revelation when delivering the speech at the 12 th commemoration ceremony of senior journalist  late Dharmaratnam Sivaram alias ‘Tharaki’ , a Tamil national  who wrote in English . The ceremony was held at Kilinochchi on 29 th April. Like how the investigations  into the deaths of other journalists are being conducted , these murders shall also be probed swiftly and duly,  the […]

Joint opposition May day rally transforms into ‘funeral rally’ ! -Two persons die – virtually killed !

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(Lanka-e-News -02.May.2017, 9.10AM) An innocent feeble man  and a woman who were among those got down after payment to the Galle Face green for the May day rally ( 1 st May) by the  joint opposition crooks and the corrupt died due to the heat and from dehydration . The victims of the joint opposition ‘crowd gathering’ evil antics and gimmicks  were : Feeble Victor Silva who was  over 80 years of age from Kandy and 60 years old W.Indrani  from Nivitigala . It was very unfortunate these two individuals were fated to die this way  at a meeting organized by the joint opposition crooks and the corrupt who hired crowds to the meeting via payments. These crooks and the corrupt who were only  concerned […]

No mobile service signals for north, east

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The north and the east of Sri Lanka still look a separate country. Don’t be alarmed. This is not a separatist or racist claim.  But, if you go, either to Jaffna or Vavuniya, you will feel like you are in a separate country. The reason being that in the context of communication, you will be 90 per cent isolated. Especially, if you have a Dialog mobile or data connection, it is certain that you will be cut off from the rest of the world. For someone who is used to the internet, spending a week in the northeast will be suicidal.What is the reason? An investigation revealed that certain mobile service providers are reluctant to build their communication towers in the two provinces. It is […]

Sampanthan expresses hope in new Constitution

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By Ananth Palakidnar Leader of the Opposition and the TNA R. Sampanthan expressed hope that the political aspirations of the people of the North and East would be fulfilled through the proposed new Constitution. Sampanthan was addressing at the TNA May Day Rally in Akkaraipattu, in the Eastern Province yesterday. The Opposition Leader pointed out, “Several good opportunities have been missed and the present opportunity we have with this Government shouldn’t be allowed to go abegging. “The Tamils and the Muslims in the North and East should be loyal to each other. They should not disappoint each other in winning their political rights. All people must live in peace with equal opportunities,” Sampanthan said. He also said that the international community was well aware of […]

BBC draws curtains on show that told horrors of Lanka war

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The BBC on April 30 finally drew the curtains on Thamizhosai – a popular Tamil show that lasted three quarters of a century. Originally called ‘A news letter from Ceylon’, it was launched on May 3, 1941, as a propaganda machinery of the British to report on the Second World War in Sri Lanka – which was then a British Colony. But the later years saw it metamorphose into a favourite among the Tamil diaspora, not only for introducing Tamil culture to the world, but also for reflecting major predicaments faced by the community including those in Sri Lanka. Thamizhosai was the brainchild of S Sivapadasundaram, a former editor of the Sri Lanka’s popular Tamil periodical Eezha Kesari and a journalist who was equally proficient […]

Another promise? – Rajitha assures N&E residents

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By Ananth Palakidnar Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, addressing the May Day Rally in Jaffna, said that the National Unity Government would fulfil all pledges it made to the people of the North and East before next year’s May Day. Dr. Senaratne was addressing a May Day Rally, organized by the Democratic National Front, at the Sankilian Park in Nallur yesterday. He said: “The National Unity Government is determined to solve all humanitarian problems of the people in the North and the East. There can be delays in finding solutions for the problems, but the present government is very much concerned about the expectations of the people in the North and East. It was at this venue during the Presidential polls campaign that the […]

Taming the Chinese dragon, Indian tiger and TUs

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By Paneetha Ameresekere Three things came out of Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India last week. Those were India’s concerns over the leasing out of the Hambantota Port to the Chinese in a debt swap, India’s interest in the Trincomalee oil tank farm to counter the Chinese threat and Wickremesinghe’s keenness in getting Indian aid to develop certain northern roads linking up with the East and the’South’ of the country in a tourism promotional ‘putsch’. Nonetheless, what figured, vis-à-vis the outcome of these New Delhi talks which Wickremesinghe had with the Indian hierarchy headed by Premier Narendra Modi was that the last thing that India would want, already surrounded by hostile neigbours, such as Pakistan to the North-West, China to the North-East , an uneasy […]

“What’s wrong with federalism? It is NOT Separation”

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By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Rajitha Senaratne was neither the first nor the most important ‘Yahapalana’ political figure to make a pitch for federalism. The first and most significant was ex-President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga two years ago. The second was Mangala Samaraweera, who keeps saying “what’s wrong with federalism? It is not separation”. The fact that Rajitha chose to make an even stronger pitch for federalism two years later when the political situation is changing, is significant. When he endorsed and advocated federalism in his SJV Chelvanayakam memorial lecture this year, Rajitha was not speaking in his capacity as Cabinet spokesperson. But what is important is that we have for the first time, a Cabinet spokesperson who is a federalist, just as we have for the […]

New Constitution to establish reconciliation – Premier

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The 24th memorial of the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa was held near the Premadasa Statue in Hultsdorf, Colombo. Former President Premadasa was assassinated by a suicide bomber during the May Day parade in 1993. The ceremony got underway under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the ceremony said Parliament will establish reconciliation through the approval of a new Constitution. The Prime Minister said discussions are underway with Chief Ministers pertaining to the devolution of power through the protection of unity. The Premier said as a result of the steps taken by the good governance government by March they were able to achieve unity. The Prime Minister added the challenge now is to take unity forward […]

EU letter to PM

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The following is the text of Christopher Fjellner’s letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe: “We are writing this letter in connection with Sri Lanka’s application to join the EU’s GSP Plus scheme under Regulation 978/2012. The 2010 unilateral preferences under the GSP Plus scheme had been withdrawn from Sri Lanka due to its failure to effectively implement three human rights conventions, namely ICCPR, CRC and CAT. Following the change in the administration in 2015, we were pleased to note the commitment of the new Government of Sri Lanka to introduce substantial reforms and, inter alia, address the issues that had led to the withdrawal of the preferences. As a result, in July 2016, Sri Lanka reapplied for GSP Plus membership, a move evidencing Sri Lanka’s […]

‘I could have captured state power’

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Former war winning army commander and present Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said yesterday he could have captured state power while he was the army commander. But, he said, being a disciplined military officer he had never entertained such an idea. Had he wanted to do so, he could have blocked the four corners of the city of Colombo and formed a government, he said. Minister Fonseka said so, fielding a question a journalist raised after a public event in Peliyagoda. He confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had asked him whether he could play a role in ensuring political stability vis-à-vis politically motivated strikes and other labour agitations allegedly aimed at toppling the government. Minister Fonseka said he respected workers’ rights but […]

Years after war, trials of resettlement in Sri Lanka

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It is time for the Sri Lankan government to get its act together on the ground After 20 years in India, wearing a “refugee” tag that led her from one camp to another, it was only in December 2016 that Edward Selyn, 55, returned home. Until a few days ago, she was among a group of people seated under a tent in Mullikulam village in Mannar, in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, protesting in the scorching heat for a month, demanding that the Sri Lankan Navy release her land. She was displaced in 1996 with her entire family, after the civil war broke out. Now, eight years after the war ended and months after her return, Ms. Selyn has not stopped feeling displaced. “I had all […]