30th September 2017

Army to stay in North & East – Commander Shuns claim by Tamil Chief Minister Wigneswaran

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BY Nadeeka Daya Bandara Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that expediting the removal of Army Camps in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, is not suitable under the present circumstances. At a media briefing on Thursday (28) in Kandy, he said that according to the Chief Minister of the Northern Province there are 180,000 soldiers based in the region. He said that this claim was incorrect adding that soldiers have to be deployed in those areas according to the requirements of the country. Lt Gen Senanayake made these comments after participating in religious observances where the respective Army flags were offered to the Sacred Tooth Relic to coincide with the Sri Lanka Army Commemoration Day which falls on 10 October. The Army Commander also […]

A minority within a minority – A subset of Tamils lags other Sri Lankans by almost every measure

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Life is not easy on the tea estates BOTH Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority think of themselves as original, indigenous inhabitants of the island—an important prop to their political claims and counterclaims. But there is one group of Tamils who are relatively recent arrivals, and whose status has suffered accordingly. The first 10,000 “hill-country Tamils” came to work in the island’s nascent coffee plantations in 1827 as indentured labourers. They marched on foot through rough terrain to isolated camps in the jungle, which they then set about clearing. Many died. But the prospect of work in Sri Lanka’s booming tea industry, along with famine, poverty and landlessness back in India, led many more to make the journey. Today the hill Tamils […]

In Vithya’s name let there be justice to all child victims

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Yesterday on the remote island of Pungudutivu, the residents celebrated, they lit crackers and cooked milk rice. For the past two years however they had been anguished and fearful as one of their favourite daughters had been brutally gang-raped and murdered in one of the most gruesome crimes ever committed in this country. And all seven men who were sentenced to death for that crime are from this little island. Eighteen-year-old Sivaloganathan Vithya was one of the brightest students at the Pungudutivu Maha Vidyalayam. She had won a scholarship to one of the leading girls’ schools in the country, Vembadi Girls’ College in Jaffna. She belonged to a poor family which had some help from relatives living overseas. During most of the war years her […]

Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama RULES FROM TODAY

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Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama, in an interview with the Daily mirror , speaks about his post under the current circumstances. The Provincial Council will come fully under his control from today onwards in terms of the new Act for an interim period. Excerpts: It happened in the Northeast  Province after Chief Minister Varatharajah Permumal was removed from office Governor’s power is adequate to administer the Provincial Council for an interim period Empowerment of people is a national need  Reconciliation process is well underway in East under the guidance of former President CBK  Ethnic identity is sharply visible in East  There are areas with a concentration of people belonging to one community  Then, domination of one community over the other comes about  We have to address the  people’s needs […]

President Sirisena for the Noble Peace Prize, 2017

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Whatever the Joint Opposition or extremist critics may say President Maithripala Sirisena from January 8, 2015 has lead Sri Lanka to a new chapter in its history with the two major parties working together in a National Government mainly to bring about dialogue and reconciliation among the different communities in Sri Lanka. The other major goal, in the plan, outlined in Vision 2025, is sustainable economic development that will be eco-friendly and all inclusive with the aim of building a just, peaceful and an all inclusive society. For these and other values or virtues—including the President’s skill for peaceful conflict resolution by accommodation on the middle path, the Oslo Peace Research Institute has shortlisted President Sirisena for the Noble Peace Prize, 2017. No other Sri […]

Court refuses to reinstate Mahinda Rajapaksa as SLFP President!

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Colombo District Judge Sujeewa Nissanka yesterday dismissed a petition which sought an order from the court to reinstate Mahinda Rajapaksa who lost the election as the President of the SLFP. The judge dismissed the petition upholding that the District Court does not have the jurisdiction to make such orders against the Election Commissioner. The judge also said that the petitioners had not named the present President of the party as a defendant of the petition Further said the President was immune by the Constitution, consequently the petition was dismissed. The judge made this observation while making his order on the petition filed by the former Chairman of the Boralesgamuwa Urban Council Anura Priyashantha and another SLFP activist M.A.D Asanka Nandana Srinath of No. t93l2A. The […]

Discrimination in Sri Lanka? by a Sinhalese

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Following is the speech delivered by Dr. Nalaka Godahewa at the 36th session of the UNHRC in Geneva on 27 September: Mr. President, a myth has been spread over the years, that there is discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Out of a population of 22 million people in Sri Lanka, 11.2% are Northern Tamils while the upcountry Tamils who came to Sri Lanka during British colonial times, are about 4.1%. But these are not the only minority communities in Sri Lanka; 9.3% of the Sri Lankan population are Muslim. Several other minority communities such as Burgers and Malays amount to 0.6% of the population. The majority community is obviously Sinhalese at 74.9%. Political propaganda Since we gained independence in 1948, we have been repeatedly […]

Treatment of Rohingya refugees inhumane – JVP

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The JVP today termed the incident of Myanmar Rohingya refugees housed in temporary shelters in Mount Lavinia being harassed by a group of individuals including Buddhist monks was inhumane. Issuing a statement the party politburo said irrespective of the manner in which racial or religious discrimination is portrayed, it must always be condemned. The statement added harassment faced by women and children who were also within the refugee group, was not a situation that should have arisen in a cultured society. The JVP noted it is not the first time in Lankan history that refugees from Myanmar have entered the country, claiming since 2008 refugees have been arriving in the island at various intervals. The JVP noted it is the country as a whole that […]