14th June 2017

UK says terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out – updated travel advise on Sri Lanka

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There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out, the British Foreign and Commonwealth office said in an updated travel advise on Sri Lanka. The advise on Sri Lanka was updated following a review of the way in which the UK Government describes the threat from terrorism in travel advice for all countries and territories.  The UK Government says there is no change in the UK Government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka.  The military conflict between the Government and the LTTE ended in May 2009. In 2011 the State of Emergency and the Emergency […]

Cogs Of Democracy: Sri Lanka’s Court System

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The judiciary is the branch of government that determines whether the law has been violated. Though Sri Lanka’s current constitution does not effect a total separation between the legislature and the executive branches of the government, the judiciary is intended to function in complete independence. The judiciary is made up of seven levels of courts. A tiered system allows for a party before the court to keep appealing to higher courts—thus reducing the margins of error. Other than by rank of authority, the courts are also divided by jurisdiction. This is practically helpful, as it organises cases into specialised courts. More crucially, a hierarchy of courts is necessary in order to follow the legal principle of stare decisis. A feature of Sri Lankan Roman-Dutch law […]

‘We have ability to unleash extremism’ says BBS in response to anti-Muslim violence arrests

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Sri Lanka’s Police arrested five people in connection with a recent surge in anti-Muslim violence in South of the island on Sunday. Of the 5 that were arrested, one unidentified man is thought to be linked to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) who are deemed largely responsible for inciting violence against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. “The police was able to arrest a 32 year old person who is directly related to four arson attacks. The person has direct links with Bodu Bala Sena. Since 2014 he has been associating with Bodu Bala Sena. ” Sri Lanka’s police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody told reporters. Responding to the arrest and accusations of inciting violence, the CEO of BBS Dilanthe Withanage said, “We have ability to unleash terrorism, […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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, […]