June 2017

Corrupt practices Mahinda is alleged to have been engaged in was exclusive to him and his family

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Vishwamithra – “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” ~Macbeth (Act V, Scene V) ‘A real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment’ or ‘a feeling of resentment over something believed to be wrong or unfair’, that’s how grievance is defined in our English dictionaries. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s current spell of whining fits right into that definition. And his whining has not ceased. His family members are being called many times by various investigative agencies. Along with these family members some of his leading supporters, close to nineteen (19), […]

Reconciliation Requires Actions Not Only Processes

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera Eight years after the end of the war the consolidation of peace and restoration of normalcy in Sri Lanka is generally taken for granted. This is also the perception of the general population outside of the North and East where most of the war, and its associated destruction, took place. On the other hand, in the North and East, there is a strong sense of continuity with the past. This is on account of continuing grievances with regard to the fate of missing persons and return of land that remains under the military. These unresolved issues rankle and generate new rounds of resentment. The continuing discontent in the North and East is however not in the forefront of popular […]

Grenfell Tower fire: This is what you can do to help

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

1. How you can help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in west London There are a number of ways you can help those affected by the fire. You can donate clothes, food and any other useful supplies at these places: Harrow Club, 187 Freston Rd, W10 6TH Rugby Portobello Trust, 221 Walmer Rd, W11 4EY St Clements Church, 95 Sirdar Rd, W11 4EQ Or you can help raise funds for residents through various crowdfunding campaigns. Just Giving has confirmed that these campaigns are all verified, so you can be sure your money will go to help those in need. 2. Grenfell Tower fire: This is what you can do to help http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40272565/grenfell-tower-fire-this-is-what-you-can-do-to-help 3.  How to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London   http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/14/how-to-help-those-affected-by-the-grenfell-tower-fire-in-london-6707464/   4.  London […]

TNA constituent parties demand dismissal of four NPC Ministers

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Parties in the Tamil National Alliance including EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE have demanded the dismissal of four Ministers in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) who were charged with mass scale corruption. A special committee appointed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has recommended to remove Agriculture Minister  Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan and Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah EPRLF, PLOTE and TELO parties in the alliance have expressed in one voice the importance of removing these provincial ministers who were accused of corruption. EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran has stressed that there is no point of dismissing provincial ministers one by one. Premachandran said that his party is of the view that all four provincial ministers should be removed , as charges of corruptions are leveled at them. Sixteen […]

Sri Lanka: over 20 attacks on Christians this year

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

There have been over 20 violent incidents against Christians so far this year, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. Following a parallel surge in violent attacks on Muslims in the country, the alliance calls on the government to ensure the protection of minorities and their places of worship. “Since the current government took office in 2015, over 190 incidents of religious violence against churches, clergy, and Christians have been recorded,” said the alliance in a declaration on 27 May. The recent attacks on Christians and Muslims have been blamed on a Buddhist nationalist organisation called Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or the “Buddhist Power Force”. Embed from Getty Images Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, the controversial Buddhist monk and leader of the Buddhist nationalist organisation […]

JO wants to create communal dispute for their survival.

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Joint Opposition yesterday said that SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem’s recent allegation that the Sinhala extremists had set fire to a Muslim-owned tea factory on the Nawalapitiya-Hapugasthalawa road on the night of June 9 should be investigated in the wake of the owner publicly denouncing the minister’s claim. JO MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage yesterday told The Island that they expected the police to verify Minister Hakeem’s accusation that a powerful person had thwarted police investigations into ongoing attacks on the Muslim community. Addressing a public rally in Kandy last Saturday, Minister Hakeem alleged that certain organisations were seeking to cause chaos in the country. Kandy District MP Aluthgamage said that having seen Minister Hakeem on television making unsubstantiated allegations in respect of Nawalapitya   […]

‘Missing,’ In Terror Wars

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Yesterday this newspaper reported that a group of parents representing the families of missing persons from the North and the East (NE) had submitted a petition to President Maithripala Sirisena at Jaffna, requesting information about their missing children. The occasion was where Sirisena had participated at a meeting with the families of missing persons at the peninsula on Sunday. Nonetheless, ‘missing persons due to terrorism’ is not something new to Sri Lanka, though it has been made vocal, particularly with reference to the country’s recent war with Tamil terrorism due to the participation of the international community. Meanwhile, the story of ‘missing persons’ in the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL’s) war with terrorism may be as old as 46 years, coinciding with the start of […]

Captain Tissa remanded

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Former Army Captain Tissa Wimalasena, whose name was linked to several murders committed during the Rajapaksa regime,…… ..was arrested by the FCID yesterday. He was produced at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court and remanded till 24 June. He was a driver and a prominent security officer attached to the security convoy of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He has been charged with having sold a rock, situated at the Land Reclamation Commission, claiming that it belonged to the Maga Neguma project and thereby earning a sum of Rs 10 million through its sale for his personal benefit. An officer of the FCID told this paper that the suspect had been arrested for violating the Money Laundering Act. “After having perused his bank accounts, […]

Gota accused of being behind Mahinda’s polls defeat

13th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of being behind the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election. Minister of Social Empowerment S.B. Dissanayake said that certain actions by Gotabaya Rajapaksa led to Mahinda Rajapaksa losing Catholic and Muslim votes.  Dissanayake said that 40-45 percent of Catholic votes the Sri Lanka Freedom Party usually got dropped to 25 percent and 15 percent of Muslim votes dropped to 2 percent as a result of the actions of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of being behind the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the hate campaign. Dissanayake said that while Gotabaya Rajapaksa played a key role to defeat the LTTE, he also created the BBS and hate crimes seen today may also have his […]

LOOK WHO IS TALKING – Racist Mahinda Rajapaksa Wants Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt to Stop Creating Racial Tensions and Cause Racial Conflict.

13th June 2017 // 0 Comments

The big laugh of the town was when the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that ”the new government should stop acting in a way that would cause racial conflict in the country”. He added that certain politicians in the government have been acting in a way which has caused racial tension within the people. Mahindas great pal and stunt master MP Wimal Weerawansa further conveyed his opinion on people of power causing racial tension within the country. Interestingly Mahinda and Wimal were supporting and protecting the racial attackers when they were in power. After the Ltte were killed Mahinda refused to implement his promised 13+ amendment to the constitution which he promised to the western leaders if he is allowed to kill more than 40,000 […]

Justice minister Mr. Wijayadasa Rajapakshe is protecting Suspect Gnanasara!

13th June 2017 // 0 Comments

When a powerful minister in the government inquired from IGP Pujith Jayasundara as to why Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was not being arrested for having submitted fake medical certificates to the court of appeal and evaded courts, the police chief said, “Sir, how can Gnanasara be arrested? Our justice minister Mr. Wijayadasa Rajapakshe is protecting him.”  The IGP said further, “Big-shots in the government strike various deals. In the end, we are blamed for everything. If we are allowed to do our duty without any interference, we know what to do.” He told the minister that the attack on a Muslim business place at Maharagama was over an insurance matter. However, after he was shown by the businessman the relevant CCTV […]

Justice minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe or President Maithiri? – who is more powerful?

13th June 2017 // 0 Comments

”Gotabhaya would not be allowed to be arrested” says Justice minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe President has instructed the IGP to summon Gothapaya for questioning Gota remains silent in the face of CID questioning! Last Friday (02), former defence secretary Gotabhaya Nandasena Rajapaksa went to the CID as per summons and remained silent in the face of questioning by its officials, say CID sources. As his usual self, Gotabhaya has gone into a rage over the questioning, but was told by a top CID official, ‘Sir…. Please do not be angry and answer what you are asked. These officers are doing their duty. Cooperate with them.”  However, under interrogation, Gotabhaya remained silent, thinking, for nearly 20 minutes. CID officials did not disturb him, and did their questioning slowly. […]

The Govt. might be pathetic: But why the alternative is worse?

13th June 2017 // 0 Comments

There is a groundswell of public discontent at the government, partly due to its own inability to deliver on high expectations it set during the election, as well as due to its own misdemeanours, which at times mirror its predecessor. The former is understandable for governing requires a different set of skills (as well as luck) than those required to oppose a government. Thus it is easier to criticize the Rajapaksas’ economic model than delivering a sustainable growth. Also, it was easier to allege the former regime of corruption than prosecuting the looter of public funds. That may be perhaps because the former regime always kept a step ahead of public prosecutors. In part the government’s current misfortune emanates from the fact that it was […]

Call for foreign judges renewed

13th June 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Against the backdrop of yahapalana government repeatedly ruling out foreign judges and other international experts, including prosecutors, in a judicial mechanism to probe accountability issues, the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would take up a report during the ongoing sessions reiterating the call for foreign judges in accordance with the Oct 1, 2015 resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, former UPFA MP and Joint Opposition activist Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera told The Island yesterday. Sri Lanka reiterated her commitment to the Oct 2015 resolution promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, in March this year. The former navy Chief of Staff explained the latest developments on Monday (June 12) afternoon before leaving for Geneva to make representations on behalf […]

Former war-affected Mullivaikkal Tamil youngsters help the Sinhalese.

12th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Calamities unite people. In a world dominated by social media networks, the unity to help more people is more apparent than it was before. Over 200 lives were lost and thousands were displaced a few days ago due to incessant rains which resulted in floods and landslides in several parts of the country. People once again united to help the victims. Help arrived from all corners of the island. But what is more touching is when a group of youngsters from the former war-affected Mullivaikkal volunteered to collect money to be sent to those affected in the South. These youngsters, who belong to the Society for Co-Existence in Mullivaikkal in Mullaitivu, went from house to house to collect some money to help their brothers and […]

36th Anniversary of burning of Jaffna Library by government thugs and police.

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By Manekshaw The 36th anniversary of burning of the Jaffna Public Library was commemorated at the library building which has been now refurbished with new book shelves containing even a vast collection of books of Communist stalwart and Minister late Pieter Keuneman donated to it after his death in January 1997. Pieter Keuneman was one of the intellectually sound politicians with the broader outlook in the South saddened over the destruction caused to the Jaffna library and it was his last wish that his collection of books should be donated to it after his death. So, in the backdrop of the 36th anniversary of Jaffna Public Library going in flames, it is important to remember another institution, the Eelanadu newspaper which was founded in 1959 […]

Sri Lanka to say ‘enough is enough’? No, never!

12th June 2017 // 0 Comments

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON UNITED KINGDOM With back to back terror attacks rocking London and Manchester, British Prime Minister Theresa May called that time has come to say ‘enough is enough’.Britain came under three terrorist attacks in the last three months. Premier May said that as terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalized online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack. “We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change and they need to change in four important ways. “First, while the recent attacks are not connected […]

Sri Lankan girls secretly auctioned in slavery market!

12th June 2017 // 0 Comments

The revelation that Lankan maids are being secretly auctioned into modern slavery has tarnished the Island nation’s image as well as the reputation of Lankan women at large. Apart from the large number of professionals and skilled workers gaining employment in Middle East countries in the past several decades, Lankan maids have also found jobs in Arab countries, in a big way, remitting home an estimated US $ 7,241.5 million (LKR 1,054.5 billon), thus being the single largest foreign exchange earner. However, the revelation made by Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Employment, W.J. Vithanage, to Ceylon Today, on the secret auctioning of Lankan maids, by dubious foreign and local handlers, together with middlemen, has clearly indicated that a well-organized mafia network is exploiting Lankan […]

Unsolved murder in broad daylight of Batticaloa journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan

12th June 2017 // 0 Comments

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Aiyathurai Nadesan Jaffna District MP, Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran waxed eloquent during the course of the adjournment debate in Parliament on June 6th 2017. M. A. Sumanthiran who is also the official spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and its premier constituent, the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) emphasised that they stood “for a country that is not divided, a country in which all the peoples will be proud of their equal status to live without discrimination or fear”. Speaking further Sumanthiran lamented the fact that there was much discrimination along ethnic lines in many spheres in the country. He pointed out that there was discrimination even in the matter of taking action to ensure justice for journalists victimised in the past. The TNA […]

It is unlikely that Theresa May will be Prime Minister of UK this time next year.

11th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana As the Big Ben struck ten on Thursday 8th night, all three news-channels in UK; BBC, ITV and Sky, gave the results of their joint exit poll to a stunned British public: “There will be a hung parliament with Conservatives getting 314 of the 650 seats”. In spite of a blundering campaign, everyone expected Theresa May to win with an increased majority though the prospect of the landslide predicted, at the time of the surprise dissolution of Parliament, faded due to the unexpected good performance of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Many supporters of the two major parties still felt the exit polls to be wrong as Conservatives could not believe they were doing so badly and Labour that they could […]

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