20th June 2017

Uncertainty ends in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

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CM Wigneswaran, leader Sampanthan reach understanding Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will continue in the post following an understanding with Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan, days after a large bloc of governing council members withdrew support. On Monday, the Chief Minister agreed to reverse his controversial directive to two provincial ministers that Mr. Sampanthan had earlier objected to. Following negotiations, Mr. Sampanthan told the Northern Province Governor that the Council members would withdraw their motion of no-confidence. “All’s well that ends well,” the TNA veteran said in a letter addressed to the CM. Mr. Sampanthan also called for an early meeting with the CM “to further discuss all issues”. The Tamil leaders had clashed over the CM’s response to a […]

We are against devolution of powers – Namal Rajapaksa

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By Shaahidah Riza The militant movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is fully backed by the incumbent government, said United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa, who is the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, conceded that certain government elements instigated extremist violence against minorities during his father’s governance. However, the same elements left Rajapaksa to join President Maithripala Sirisena, which is the cause for the revival of the BBS, he added. Excerpt follow: Q. When the former President was in governance, GSP+ facility was withdrawn for various reasons, such as war crimes allegations, and suppression of minorities and so on. But this government managed to get the GSP+ restored. What is your opinion in this regard? A: It is evident that it was […]

Government strategy to bring about promised change is needed

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By Jehan Perera The two main factors that caused a change of government in 2015 are reappearing at the present time. The first is the feeling amongst the religious and ethnic minorities that the government is not doing enough to protect them. During the period of the former government the minorities even felt that the government was opposed to them. This was on account of its inadequate efforts at post-war normalization and the growth of religious intolerance. The election of the new government came as a great relief to the minorities. Their sense of fear and jeopardy lifted in large measure. Even though the military presence in the North and East did not significantly diminish there was a revival of civilian institutions. The government no […]

HRCSL: Foreign judges will enhance confidence in war crimes probe

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The government had agreed to the participation of foreign judges in a war crimes probe in accordance with Oct 1, 2015 Resolution moved at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan says. She said so participating in a TV 1 programme yesterday. Asked by host Faraz Shauketaly to comment on foreign judges in proposed war crimes courts, Satkunanathan said: “it is something the government has agreed to as part of the HRC Resolution.” Sri Lanka last March reiterated her commitment to 2015 Resolution. Sri Lanka co-sponsored both Resolutions. Commenting on reports that foreign judges were required as local judiciary lacked experience to handle such cases, Satkunanathan said: “I think if you look at the Resolution that […]

War crime accused Mahinda to advice Pakistan

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Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of War Crime is expected to address a gathering of politicians and military officials in Islamabad, Pakistan on matters related to the country’s civilian and military leadership and how to kill the minority and getaway with it like in Sri Lanka. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation with the support of the current government and is scheduled to address a gathering of politicians and military officials at the National Defense University, Islamabad tomorrow. He will discuss Sri Lanka’s successful campaign against the Tamil Tigers and the big role Pakistan played in supplying weapons to Sri Lanka on a daily basis and helped Mahinda government kill LTTE and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. […]

Let reconciliation begin from NPC

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The turmoil in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has raised a pertinent question as to how far the Tamil political scene is reconciled to fulfil the political aspirations of the Northerners in the backdrop of reconciliation at national level, which is much spoken of. Until the problematic situation emerged in the NPC, the Tamil National Alliance focused on solving political issues and finding solutions to humanitarian problems, by seeking justice for alleged atrocities committed during the final phase of the three decades of armed conflict in the North and the East. Despite playing an effective role in convincing the international community in bringing the Geneva Resolution along with making the Government to cosponsor it to find solutions to the post-war political and humanitarian issues, the […]

We will reveal what we know of you : Gammanpila

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PHU General Secretary and MP Udaya Gammanpila today warned JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika to stop making misleading statements on the BBS because otherwise he would be forced to reveal what he knew. Responding to a question asked at a news conference, the former JHU member said BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was the former deputy national organiser of the JHU and the relationship between the BBS and JHU was not a secret. “I won’t say whether the minister was behind Gnanasara Thera. Instead, I like to tell the minister not to slam the BBS and compel us to reveal what we know. After all, there should be a limit to making the minister uncomfortable. Therefore, I won’t come into the […]

Mahinda faction knows the whereabouts of Gnanasara Thera, programme meant to bring Gotabaya to power.

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Mahinda faction slinging mud at JHU: Champika Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said today the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction, which was dreaming of making Gotabaya Rajapaksa the leader of the country, were slinging mud at the JHU. He said they were accusing the JHU of hiding Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara thera. The minister said certain media institutions were supporting this mud-slinging campaign against them and recalled that it was mud-slinging by the media institutions which led to the defeat of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. He told a news conference that Mr. Rajapaksa should know the whereabouts of Gnanasara Thera if he telephoned the counsel who was appearing for the thera. “It is the same counsel who […]

Wigneswaran concedes: Reneges on one-month suspension of ministers

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Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today conceded to the wishes of TNA Leader, R. Sampanthan and stated that the two Ministers; Balasubramaniam Deniswaran and Dr. Pathmanathan Sathiyalingam who were to be subjected to a fresh probe, need not go on leave until the inquiry is complete. “There was no punitive action taken against the two Ministers concerned. They are entitled to draw their salary and use their vehicles etc. It is in order to give protection to the Witnesses that it was said that they should take leave while the Inquiring Committee sat”, wrote Wigneswaran to Sampanthan. “There are new charges too against them. I understand your inability to give guarantees with regard to the conduct of the two Ministers. But I am […]

TNA Leader Sampanthan “Saves”Wigneswaran

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By Meera Srinivasan Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will continue in the post following an understanding with Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan, days after a large bloc of governing council members withdrew support. On Monday, the Chief Minister agreed to reverse his controversial directive to two provincial ministers that Mr. Sampanthan had earlier objected to. Following negotiations, Mr. Sampanthan told the Northern Province Governor that the Council members would withdraw their motion of no-confidence. “All’s well that ends well,” the TNA veteran said in a letter addressed to the CM. Mr. Sampanthan also called for an early meeting with the CM “to further discuss all issues”. The Tamil leaders had clashed over the CM’s response to a recent inquiry that found […]