October 2017

Current Govt will be sent home says TNA Vanni District Parliamentarian

25th October 2017 // 0 Comments

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District Parliamentarian and central committee member of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Left Front (EPRLF) N. Sivasakthy Ananthan said, southern politicians are of the view that if the recommendations in the interim report are implemented, the country will be divided. This is completely a political drama to safeguard their vote bank. “Southern politicians know very well that the interim report has nothing beneficial for us. These fake campaigns will never affect the people in the South but will definitely affect those in the North and East,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: How do you view the President‘s stand on the issue of three prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), who have been […]

Buddhist Clergy Opposition To Govt is a Puppet Show With Maestro Puppeteer Mahinda Rajapaksa Pulling Strings

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Jayasuriya Recently Buddhist High Priests have been showing a rather unholy penchant to torment the government, perhaps making use of the opportunity that no one is now calling from the President’s House to threaten with ‘Sanga Bedaya’ (division among Sanga) unless Maha Nayakas toe the line. However, it is still a lopsided approach on the part of monks who have resolutely kept mum when they ought to have spoken up in the past. Any self-respecting religious leader should have condemned the attack on Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia by a mob led by monks. Most Buddhist leaders did not exhibit that minimum level of human compassion, nor did they care to speak out against a series of past attacks on Muslims. Similarly, when ex-president […]

Gotha opposes any ”Devolution Of Power to Solve Problems Faced By The Tamil Community”

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said further devolution of power won’t solve the problems faced by the Tamil community. Rajapaksa said he wasn’t aware of any country where problems had been solved with the help of devolution of power. Although more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and Tamil girls were raped in May 2009 alone he said that those who had faulted the Rajapaksa administration for not addressing post-war issues had conveniently forgotten how practical measures were taken to provide relief to the Tamil people who were made to live in refugee camps. The former Defence Secretary urged Viyathmaga activists to play an active role in the ongoing campaign to educate people on the growing threats to post-war Sri Lanka. The war veteran said […]

Political promises on ‘war heroes’ offer no warranty internationally – UN expert

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff Transitional justice processes are nothing like ‘witch hunts’ and they do not involve massive purges, and do not trade on charges of collective responsibility or guilt by association, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence said. Mr. Pablo de Greiff made these observations at a press briefing held in Colombo today (23), on the conclusion of his 14-day official country visit to Sri Lanka. He also noted with concern the use of rhetoric such as ‘war heroes will never be brought to trial.’ He stated that this seems to him to misrepresent the target of transitional justice accountability measures by suggesting that it is a generally anti-security agenda, and also by forgetting that no one […]

Mahinda opposes any reconciliation

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa questions as to how to build a reconciliation process through the forcible elaboration of an amendment to the country. The Former President Mahinda made this statement after attending the funeral of Dr. Nagoda Amarawansa today (23). Mahinda was the President who promised the western world that he will implement amendment 13+ to constitution if he was allowed to kill more than 40,000 Tamil civilians with LTTE Leaders in May 2009. Eventually Western world turned a away when more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces and killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flag after UN negotiated the   surrender.  Mahinda who plays the racist card to keep his family in power refused […]

‘Govt.’s aim full implementation of 13 A; talk of new constitution a ruse’ UPFA MPs urged to deny 2/3 majority

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Dr. Wasantha Bandara has warned of dire consequences unless those who campaigned against moves to introduce constitutional reforms inimical to the country’s interests defeat the government strategy. The civil society activist alleged that controversial constitutional proposals to deprive Buddhism of state patronage and do away with the unitary status of the country could be a ruse to mislead the Opposition. At a crucial moment, the government would declare that it wouldn’t touch those Sections but swiftly bring in constitutional changes required to fully implement the 13th Amendment, Dr. Bandara said, addressing a public meeting organised by Viyathmaga (Gampaha Organization) on Saturday (Oct 21). Dr Bandara asserted that the whole constitutional making exercise could be […]

Deepavali again but promised devolution still eludes all Lankans….

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

After the Unity Government was formed in 2015, the President and Prime Minister on realizing that the Tamil issue needs to be resolved first for the country is to go forward, had turned the parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. Together the legislators have produced an interim report to rewrite the constitution, in spite of the divisive mindset of the representatives of all communities painfully slowing down the progress with many issues such as the unitary state, giving prominence to Buddhism, demand for the removal of executive presidency with powers returned to the parliament all have come under review. As expected many civil war related problems of the people are yet left unattended by the state and all devolution related matters getting heavy scrutiny, the light […]

‘Federalism’ made a dirty word by Racist Sinhala Politicians

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Descending from the family that produced Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, C. V. Wigneswaran is also a celebrated Sri Lankan. Lawyer, Supreme Court Judge and now Chief Minister of the Northern Province, he is also a man unafraid to voice his opinion. Recently recovering from minor surgery, Wigneswaran emailed answers to a series of questions around the debate over the proposed new Constitution. Here is the third part of that email: How can you face your Sinhalese friends in Colombo after advocating federalism, since they oppose you and oppose your thinking and federalism? A: This is the typical minority mentality. We are a minority, they are majority. How could we hurt them? We are talking of solutions to problems between the majority community […]

Poverty highest in the North

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere Sri Lanka’s poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then. The average shortfall was Rs 620 in real terms per month, per poor person, last year, the CSD said. Last year 843,913 individuals were in poverty as opposed to 1.3 million as per the immediately preceding survey conducted for the year 2012/13. The total poor households were […]

OMP Needed In Jaffna Too: Sampanthan Tells UN

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

A meeting was held today between the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo De Greiff and the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan in Colombo. Sampanthan highlighted the important issues faced by the Tamil people with regard to the release of Lands belonging to civilians, Missing persons and the political prisoners. Apprising on the land issues to special rapporteur Sampanthan pointed out “that our people have strong attachment to the lands not merely a sentimental but much beyond that and people are protesting demanding the release of their lands in some areas for more than three hundred days, they are in the sun in the rain and they are exposed to all kinds of […]

President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday (19) on the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three such detainees at the Anuradhapura Prison in particular. The focus at both discussions was more on the situation regarding the three prisoners on hunger strike as much as concern expressed with regard to their physical condition. Three Tamil men, 30-year-old Mathiyarasan Sulakshan from Karanavaai, 40-yr-old  Rasathurai Thiruvarul from Velanai and 28 year old Ganeshan Tharshan  from Nawalapitiya who were detained at the Anuradhapura Prison commenced a hunger strike on September 25. They were all former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam […]

Despite denial, Gota implicated by ex-STF Chief

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

The deployment of a staggering number of 798 armed STF personnel to conduct a search of two wards of the Welikada Prisons in November 2012, in violation of all laid down procedure to be followed when Prison premises are searched, led to the riot there which resulted in the death of 27 inmates and caused injuries to many more, the report of a fact-finding committee states. Welikada prison compound The 3-member committee, to look into facts pertaining to the incident that occurred at the Welikada Prison on 9.11.2012, was appointed by former Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. Its report was tabled in Parliament in February this year by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Sunday Times filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act […]

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done.  He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. by  Easwaran Rutnam  Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years?  A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to all coastal areas from […]

CHAUVINISM AGAINST NEW CONSTITUTION

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

The new Constitution has not yet seen the light of the day. Only an interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has been presented to Parliament. An interim report is obviously not a final document. It contains only draft proposals. They include ones that has consensus as well as independent individual proposals. All views are presented so that Parliament could choose what the majority desires. This is the democratic way. Yet the so-called Joint Opposition and its boss former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa have been opposing the new Constitution even before its contours became visible, even before it was conceived. It is clear as crystal that their opposition is based on ethno-religious extremism. They are not ashamed to use […]

GL asks if Sirisena, Wickremesinghe have already created a separate state

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L Peiris yesterday alleged that a separate state had already been established in the country’s north with the blessings of Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. Addressing the Joint Opposition’s weekly media briefing at Borella, former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris said that the police deployed in the north received orders from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). That was why those breaking court orders were not arrested unlike in the south. Referring to the Presidential Commission appointed to Inquire into the Bond Scam, Prof. Peiris alleged that the commission had not actively questioned the two Ministers Malik Smarawickerme and Kabir Hashim even though it had been thorough in grilling all other witnesses. Highlighting several loopholes in the commission probing […]

Attempts by Racists Mahinda group mislead society regarding a new constitution

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

All must understand attempts by some to mislead society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted –President President Maithripala Sirisena says all the citizens of the country must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead the society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted. He said that we had to face a nearly three decade long, brutal war as a result of not providing solutions for the issues in the country in a timely and appropriate manner. President Sirisena requested all the Sri Lankans, as true human beings who loves the country, to join with him to build peace and reconciliation among all the communities. He made these remarks while addressing the  Deepavali Festival 2017 […]

Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north

17th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The President was in the North to take part in state functions in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. In Jaffna, he took part in the Tamil Language Day events to which the Opposition Leader Sampanthan was also invited. The TNA’s Jaffna district Parliamentarian S. Shritharan said they decided to boycott the function as they had not received a response to their plea to release “political prisoners’. “We are […]

Lord Naseby working on behalf of Sri Lankan Government

17th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … www.asianmirror.lk/…/1437-lord-naseby-has-misled-the-lords-over-sri-lanka-he-must… 4 Jun 2014 – Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … Most troublingly he has become an apologist for the Sri Lankan government. … so alleged, who were in fact fully paid-up members of the Tamil Tigers”. Lord Naseby on Sri Lanka – 08.01.2013 – Scribd https://www.scribd.com/document/…/Lord-Naseby-on-Sri-Lanka-08-01-2013 8 Jan 2013 – Lord Naseby: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East” Sri Lanka, … paid to theGovernment’s false claims: The new IDPs in Sri Lanka, … UK: Four Visits And Statements In The Commons On The … https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/uk-four-visits-and-statements-in-the-commons-… 24 Nov 2012 – 0. 0. Better check who paid for his ticket and luxury holiday in Sri Lanka. …. What has happened to Liam Fox and Lord Naseby. Any MP in UK if … By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha […]

TNA seeks fiscal powers in new Constitution N&E PCs should be integrated – Sumanthiran

17th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday stressed that Provincial Councils (PCs) should be given fiscal powers through the new Constitution. At the same time, the TNA has said that devolution of power to Provincial Councils must be done in a manner where the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils could be integrated in a way so that the authority devolved to PCs cannot be taken over by the Government. This was stated by TNA Jaffna District Member of Parliament and President’s Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran, in response to an inquiry made by Ceylon Today. He said these demands will have to be endorsed in the proposed new Constitution or else the TNA will not support it in Parliament. “We cannot concede further […]

Racist Mahinda opposes the devolution of powers and the new constitution

17th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the government did not receive a mandate to repeal the existing Constitution. He has opposed some of the key proposals made by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. Full text of Rajapaksa’s statement: “The government has tabled in Parliament, proposals for a new constitution. The constitutional reform pledges made by the yahapalana coalition at the last presidential election was restricted to changing the system of elections and abolishing the executive presidential system. This government never received a mandate to repeal and replace the existing constitution. We are completely opposed to the following proposals made in the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. “It has been proposed that the Sinhala word ‘ekeeya’ be retained in the […]

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