August 2017

Lanka appoints first Tamil Navy chief after four decades

18th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Colombo, Aug 18 (PTI) Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah was today appointed as the chief of Sri Lanka’s naval forces, making him the first from the minority Tamil community to head the Navy since the brutal civil war erupted in the country 45 years ago. Sinniah, who played a decisive role in the destruction of the LTTE warships in deep sea during the height of the civil war, was appointed as the Navy chief by President Maithripala Sirisena. “Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, who has served Sri Lanka Navy with immense loyalty for many decades, took office as the Navy Commander today,” President Sirisena tweeted. His services will be effective from August 22. Sinniah succeeds Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne who has retired. He is the second Tamil to […]

International judges can’t operate in Sri Lanka: Minister

18th August 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, AUG 18:   International judges cannot work in Sri Lanka to hear cases of alleged war crimes blamed on the government troops and the LTTE as the Sri Lnakan Constitution does not permit it, new Foreign Minister Thilak Marapona said today. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in 2015 called for a hybrid international mechanism to hear alleged cases of war crimes blamed on the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “Sri Lanka’s Constitution does not allow foreign judges to operate in the country and hear cases,” Marapona told reporters here. He said, “We have told the international community that our constitution does not permit that and they have accepted it.” The minister said the UNHRC […]

Sri Lanka Born Krish Vignarajah Enters US Maryland State Governor Race saying ” The Best Man For the Job is a Woman”.

14th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan born Krish Vignarajah, a former Obama official, is entering the race for governor of Maryland. An official campaign kick-off and announcement is scheduled for September 19 About her decision, Ms. Vignarajah said: “I am running for Governor because I am worried my daughter will not have the same opportunities that my mom gave me when she brought our family here when I was a baby girl. I hope Marylanders will agree the best man for the job is a woman.” “It was not long ago that Maryland was a beacon of hope, opportunity, innovation, and courage. We led the nation in school performance, job creation, and conservation. But today too many of the students who can least afford to be left behind have […]

TNA calls on US to ensure GoSL fulfils its Geneva commitments

14th August 2017 // 0 Comments

The United States has been urged to ensure that Sri Lanka fully implemented the Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Colombo on Oct 1, 2015. The Geneva resolution has proposed setting up of a hybrid war crimes court including foreign judges among other things. A statement issued by the Office of the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan quoted the veteran politician as having told a visiting delegation of US Congressmen accompanied by US Ambassador in Colombo Atul Keshap that their government should hold the Sri Lankan Government responsible the commitments they had made to the international community, particularly with regard to the Geneva Resolution. MP Sampanthan said “Sri Lankan Government cannot shirl its responsibilty for fulfilling its commitment to the international community”. Sampanthan and Jaffna District MP […]

LTTE-regrouping in the North? Why?

14th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Former combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were linked to recent incidents of unrest in the North, giving rise to fresh speculations of an LTTE-regrouping in the North. Claims that these former cadres, some rehabilitated, are involved raise more questions than concerns over the progress of the government. Eight years have gone since the end of war and promises by the Sri Lankan government run by the Sinhalalese to implement a acceptable political package to solve the discreminations towards the minority cannot be seen. From day one of the post war period, the government initiated a programme to rehabilitate some cadres who were arrested and those some who surrendered to the military during the final phase of fighting. Thousands of the senior LTTE […]

GTF complains of delay in addressing accountability issues by govt

14th August 2017 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) expressed dismay Saturday that more than eight years after the end of war, “Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling for comprehensive transitional justice measures, the present coalition government has not lived up to its commitments and yet to take any meaningful steps in this respect.”   In a press statement issued from London it said “The lack of progress to-date in many ways is eerily reminiscent of the past when commitments made on political and governance issues concerning the Tamil people (such as Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam or Dudley-Chelvanayakam pacts) were reneged at the slightest of political opposition. While GTF acknowledges […]

Police officer buys shirt, tie for shoplifter who needed outfit for job interview

12th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Toronto officer buys shirt, tie for shoplifter who needed outfit for job interview Toronto officer gives shoplifter a second chance  A Toronto officer purchased a shirt and tie for a shoplifter who tried to steal the outfit so he had something to wear to a job interview. Sgt. commends officer for buying shoplifter outfit The staff sergeant of a Toronto police officer who purchased an outfit for a shoplifter commended the cop for his good deed. Codi Wilson, A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for a shoplifter who needed an outfit for a job interview said he wanted to give the young man a second chance to get his life on track. Const. Niran Jeyanesan told CP24 Monday that he […]

Ranil Says There are Sil Redi Thieves,Drug Dealers, Tsunami Thieves, Carrom Board Thieves and Cement Thieves in Joint Opposition.

11th August 2017 // 0 Comments

”You have sil-redi thieves there. You have drug dealers there. There are tsunami thieves, carom board thieves, cement thieves.  You could not investigate any theft for 10 years. You killed Lasantha Wickramatunge, you abducted and killed Ekneligoda” says the PM Ranil. But the big question is ”Why aren’t they arrested and charged now?, Who is helping them from being arrested and charged now? PM.” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said in parliament that the resignation of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake signified a new political culture and he was proud of having ushered it in. Addressing parliament soon after the resignation of Karunanayake, the Prime Minister said: The Assistant Leader of my party told me that he needed to resign from the ministerial portfolio. I told him to […]

Continuing Torture & Sexual Violence In Sri Lanka – Part III

11th August 2017 // 0 Comments

By Brian Senewiratne – Dr. Brian Senewiratne Continued from Tuesday Equipment Here is a victim: “I saw plastic pipes, bottles filled with something, a tap with a hose attached, a plastic can or bottle filled with something.  In the corner of the room there were wooden batons, PVC pipes, wires and nylon rope. I noticed a barrel full of water in the corner of the room. I think I saw some polythene bags next to the water barrel. I could see a table, wires, wooden sticks, blood marks on the wall. It looked like a torture room”. These torture rooms are common and suggest there is nothing opportunistic or unsanctioned about the abuse. It also indicates that torture is routine and that commanders are fully aware of torture rooms. […]

Rehabilitated LTTE cadres hounded by Police – Parents

11th August 2017 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah Families of several persons arrested on suspicion of involvement with the ‘Aava’ group have filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Jaffna. They claim that their sons have been arrested on baseless allegations following recent incidents blamed on the Aava group. Incidents of sword attacks have been reported in the North recently, including attacks on Policemen. The families of those arrested however, said that the Police had arrested their children alleging that they were members of the Aava group. The Human Rights Commission has said it will look into the complaints. The sword attack in Kopay, Jaffna, on 30 June brought in changes to the security plan for Jaffna city. Security has been beefed up in the city and […]

TURNING back from devolution by Prof G L Peiris

11th August 2017 // 0 Comments

An Open Letter to Prof G L Peiris: Prof G L Peiris Leader, SLPP. Dear Professor Peiris, I thought I must write to you despite your obviously busy schedule, both because you at least nominally lead one aspect of the Rajapaksa comeback project under the banner of the nascent SLPP and also because you are, unarguably, as a former foreign minister, a key advisor to defeated President Rajapaksa on matters relating to post war, national reconciliation. I must at the outset explain why I stated that you lead one aspect of the Rajapaksa comeback project because it is never clear to any observer or the public, which brother number two (pardon the pun) Basil or Gotabhaya proposes to replace Mahinda as the heir to the attempted […]

10,000 title deeds will be present to Sinhala Mahaweli settlers by the President

11th August 2017 // 0 Comments

The presentation of title deeds of the lands to the farming community in Walawa zone and Mahaweli ‘’H’’ zone under the National Programme to offer 100,000 title deeds to Mahaweli settlers who are Sinhalese will be held on 11th  and 12th August  2017 under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This is the first time such a large number of title deeds are to be presented, giving solution for a prolonged issue faced by the Mahaweli settlers. On 11th, 5,000 title deeds will be presented to the farming community in the Walawa zone at 10.00 a.m. at the Embilipitiya Gam Udawa grounds, and another 5,000 title deeds will be presented to the farming community in the Mahaweli ‘’H’’ zone on 12th August at 10.00 a.m. […]

Sambanthan’s life threatened by Racist MP Gunawardena.

11th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Several Government MPs charged towards opposition benches across the Well of Parliament, angered by a remark by Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunawardena a close associate of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha. Joint opposition MP’s who are accused of large scale frauds and murders during the rule of Mahinda are using the racist card for their survival and PM Ranil is accused of helping them to cover up their acts by using his powers as the PM. President Maithiri and PM Ranil came to power by promising to expose the fraudulent acts and murders of journalists and Human Rights activists by the Mahinda regime. However, their advance was prevented by UNP veteran Gamini Jayawickrema Perera and Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Soyza, who rushed to the scene and pushed back […]

Sri Lankan Tamil War widows trafficked as slaves to Gulf

10th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan war widows are being trafficked as slaves to the Gulf, a report on Thomson Reuters stated. According to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, over 1,000 women from the north – many from female headed homes – sought jobs as maids in Gulf nations in 2015 and 2016. Central Bank data shows only 300 went in 2011. “The numbers are insignificant compared to the over 100,000 Sri Lankan women who leave annually as domestic workers,” said S. Senthurajah, executive director of Social Organizations Networking for Development, a Jaffna-based charity. “But given that hardly anyone from the north left as domestic workers a few years back, it is an important number. It’s because they cannot make ends meet.” Sri Lanka is in its eighth […]

Child sex network in UK’s Newcastle convicted

10th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. The vulnerable victims, some as young as Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. The vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a “cynical organisation”, a court heard. The 17 men and one woman were convicted of rape, supplying drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution. Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014. These trials involved 26 defendants, who were mostly Asian, facing a total of more than 100 charges and 22 victims. […]

Jaffna terror network moves to Colombo

9th August 2017 // 0 Comments

By Norman Palihawadane and Hemantha Randunu Police have, with the help of information elicited from former LTTE cadres nabbed in the aftermath of recent attacks on police and security forces in the North, uncovered clues of a well-established terror network operating in Colombo. Police had busted two cells of the network at Mattakkuliya and Pettah and nabbed three cadres including a top leader of the Aava Group known as Sathyavel Nathan Nishanthan alias Nisha Victor, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said. Three other suspects of the same group had been taken into custody in Kilinochchi with two swords and a motorcycle, a senior police officer in Jaffna told The Island. SP Gunasekara said Nisha Victor, who was also the main suspect in the recent […]

More arrests imminent in Navy youth abductions case

9th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Evidence developed following the arrest of Navy Commodore D.K.P.Dassanayake has lead investigators to identify at least three more navy personnel suspected of involvement in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths between 2008–2009, informed Police sources said. Dassanayake and five seamen were arrested in July and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on July 10 in connection with the abduction and later disappearance of the eleven youths. The arrests followed a lengthy investigation in which CID detectives interviewed the families of the victims and over two dozen naval officers, and examined the navy facility in Trincomalee where the abducted youth are said to have been held. Navy personnel who had feared cooperating with the investigators due to a belief that Dassanayake was too politically […]

PM Ranil must resign regarding the Hambantota port deal.

9th August 2017 // 0 Comments

When constructing the Hambantota port alone somebody in the Rajapaksa regime had pocketed Rs 15000 million (US $ 100 million), says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Is this government officials not fit to find out the missing Rs 15000 million? or is the PM Ranil’s team given the Lion’s share of the deal to say that they cannot find the Rs 15000 million?.  PM Ranil is suspected of having a close relationship with the Rajapaksha family who ruled Sri Lanka before Maithiri-Ranil came to power.  Maithiri-Ranil came to power accusing Rajapaksha family of abusing their power, accused of fraudulent financial deals and killing people who opposed them. But after comming to power PM Ranil is abusing his powers to help Rajapaksha family members and their associates to cover up their fraudulent financial […]

Police launch investigation to find Navy Lieutenant Commander suspected in murder of Tamil MP Raviraj

6th August 2017 // 0 Comments

The Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi  has also been identified as a suspect in cases that are being heard in the Fort Magistrate’s Court on the abduction and disappearances of people from Colombo and surrounding areas during 2008-2009 period. Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have launched an investigation to find a Lieutenant Commander of Sri Lanka Navy suspected in the murder of the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj. The Wellampitiya Police told the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today that the wife of the Navy Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who was wanted on a warrant, has lodged a complaint with the police that her husband is missing for several months. The Appeals Court last month issued a warrant to arrest Lieutenant Commander […]

Ban TNA to realize reconciliation – Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera

3rd August 2017 // 0 Comments

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSSENTI The European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a judgment recently annulling measures against the LTTE, namely the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organization. In spite of the ECJ’s ruling, the European Union (EU) stated in a press release on 27 July that LTTE remains listed as a terror organization by the EU. Commenting on this latest state of affairs with regard to the now defunct terror outfit, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera said despite EU’s listing of LTTE as a terror organization and actions taken to temporarily freeze the funds belonging to LTTE, the LTTE cohorts record an annual thumping income of USD 300 million and possess sufficient funds to regroup and launch an attack to seize the northern part of […]

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