November 2017

JVP slams Govt. over slow progress of corruption probes

30th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby orrespondent Opposition lawmaker JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake accused the Government of slowing the process followed to file action in relation to completed investigations by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). “It is clear that the number of investigations conducted by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has gone down drastically. This could be due to the removal of the able Director General. She was removed to prevent action being taken against the crooks. It is the responsibility of the Government to appoint suitable people and fast-track the investigations of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, which is fuelled by public funds,” MP Rathnayake told Parliament yesterday, raising a supplementary question […]

Senior ex-military officers’ collective says… Gota should be given a Presidential pardon For any alleged mistake by him

30th November 2017 // 0 Comments

No action to be taken against Gotabhaya; stay order issued on FCID < http://www.adaderana.lk/news/44492/no-action-to-be-taken-against-gotabhaya-stay-order-issued-on-fcid-  > BY KAVINDYA CHRIS THOMAS A collective of retired senior military officers yesterday (27) took to the public arena, opposing the alleged Governmental move to arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Under the banner of ‘War Heroes for the Nation’, representing a collective of retired senior officers of the tri-forces, speaking at a press briefing yesterday, they claimed that the collective had been organized as a result of the recent reports on a Government move to arrest Rajapaksa. This collective was led by retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne and retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara. “Any attempt to arrest the former Defence Secretary would be the downfall of this country and the peace that […]

SLFP dissidents in JO going it alone as SLPP

30th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday made deposits at Kalutara, Galle and Gampaha kachcheris, signalling that it was going it alone at the forthcoming local government polls in spite of the SLFP’s efforts to forge an alliance with its dissidents to contest the mini polls together. The SLPP made its move close on the heels of President Maithripala Sirisena assuring a group of civil society representatives on Sunday that he wouldn’t pursue an agenda detrimental to the unity government. Having paid deposits in Kalutara, Chairman of the SLPM Prof. G.L. Peiris told The Island that there was absolutely no point in having a dialogue as long as the SLFP remained in the UNP-led administration. Prof. Peiris was accompanied by SLPM General Secretary […]

Gotabhaya must be saved from the folly of his obscurantist, socially destructive Racist Sinhala friends and allies.

29th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Sinhala Alt-Right ideologues do not know the difference between secession, federalism and devolution within a unitary state. Neither Darusman nor Zeid al Hussein are Sinhalese –so, no, we can’t threaten them with treason trials and death sentences when the patriots come to power, or disallow funeral rituals once they are executed. Gotabhaya must also, and equally, be defended and saved from the folly of his obscurantist, socially destructive Sinhala Alt-Right friends and allies Devolution to the tune of the 13th amendment is the cheapest price Sri Lanka just may be able to get away with paying, because the next stop will be the fullest federalism just short of separation, if not a separate state itself. President Rajapaksa in late May 2009 (source: Wiki Leaks) to […]

”Sri Lanka must commit to a time-bound marked action plan on ensuring full implementation of the UNHR Council resolution 30/1” – Paul Scully MP

27th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The British All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils called on Sri Lanka’s government to allow Tamils to freely remember their war-dead in the North-East. During the war, the LTTE held week-long celebrations in the last week of November with Prabhakaran making his policy statement. Condemning the destruction of cemeteries in the North-East, the cross-party group of British parliamentarians said they stood with the Tamil community as they ‘rebuild their destroyed cemeteries as part of ongoing remembrance efforts’. In a statement, released for Maaveerar Naal, the Chair of the parliamentary group, Paul Scully MP has said: “Despite ongoing intimidation and rights violations this year, Tamils in the North-East have come out to clean and rebuild their destroyed cemeteries as part of ongoing remembrance efforts. Standing with […]

Sri Lankan minister threatens legal action over Tamils but supports Sinhalese

27th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka on Monday called on the government to take legal action against Tamils commemorating fallen LTTE cadres on Tamil National Remembrance Day  (Maaveerar Naal).  “Anyone commemorating the LTTE must be held responsible for the assassinations committed by the LTTE during the war,” Mr Champika was quoted by the Colombo Gazette as saying. But he is against investigating the assassinations committed by the Sri Lankan forces on Tamil civilians during the war. His comments come as tens of thousands of Tamils across the North-East gathered at Thuyilum Illams and memorial sites to remember their next of skins who were killed by the Sri Lankan forces. In London The Excel hall and the Oxford venue was full […]

An economic migrant won’t attempt suicide – Yasmin Sooka

27th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), a legal documentation group administered by the Foundation for Human Rights, has gathered testimony from 71 Sri Lankan Tamils across Europe who claim they were tortured between 2015 and 2017. Yasmin Sooka, Director of ITJP, responds to several questions posted to her by email. Excerpts of the interview: Sri Lanka has this notion that many who seek asylum overseas do come out with such claims in order to get asylum in Europe. How authentic are these claims and how do you ensure these incidents occurred between 2015 and 2017? A: At least, 12 of the 71 men and women tortured in the last two years whom the ITJP has interviewed, tried to kill themselves […]

Gearing up for Maveerar Naal

27th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan in Kilinochchi The commemoration of Maveerar Naal, or the Great Heroes’ Day, for the second time since the LTTE was wiped out in 2009 is set to be held tomorrow (27 Nov) as the clock strikes 6:06 p.m. At various burial sites in the North and East, where LTTE combatants lay buried, thousands of torches will be lit invoking blessings on them. A larger crowd than last year is expected to take part in the rituals with flowers and food offered to the dead. They will also hoist the red and yellow flag that depicts the Tamil identity on the land. The torch (pandam) will be lit precisely at 6:06 p.m. in remembrance of Lt. Shankar Sathiyanathan, who was the first […]

Saudi regime engaged in acts of buying and renting children, especially orphans from Sri Lanka

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shaahidah Riza Startling news broke out last week when Saudi Arabian Princess Ameera Al Taweel revealed that the ruling Saudi regime engaged in acts of buying and renting children, especially orphans, from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria. In her exclusive statement to French newspaper Le Monde, she claimed that slavery in Saudi Arabia has different forms, but it is done in secrecy and permitted only among primary beneficiaries of the princess of the House of Saudi. She had also stated that even Asian domestic workers who seek employment in Saudi Arabia often find themselves in a kind of slave-like situation and that young girls are divided into smaller groups and exploited for immoral acts. Corruption purge […]

TNA says arrangements not made for Tamil diaspora to return

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says arrangements have not been made for the Tamil diaspora to return to their homes in the North and East. TNA member of Parliament S. Shritharan told Parliament on Saturday that several Tamils living overseas are keen to return home. However he said the Government has not set the groundwork for those Tamils to return. Shritharan also said that the Army continues to operate military installations in the North despite the end of the war. The TNA MP also hailed the sacrifices made by LTTE fighters during the war in an attempt to protect the rights of the Tamils. (Colombo Gazette)

Government to use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Government says it will use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims on war crimes allegations against the country. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliamenton Saturday, the Government was grateful to the statement made on Sri Lanka by Lord Naseby at the British Parliament recently. Lord Naseby had in his statement rejected claims that the death toll during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka was over 40,000. He had said that the civilian casualty toll was between 7,000 to 8,000 and not 40,000 as claimed by a UN panel. Marapana said the Government will use the statement made by Lord Naseby at the appropriate forum to counter the war crimes allegations on Sri Lanka. “The statement by Lord Naseby has been made with a lot of […]

Impending arrest of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Impending arrest of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa * Prez. Sirisena desperately woos JO for his political survival * UNP in frantic moves to expedite elections to hobble Sirisena * JVP in bid to wash off its sins in voting for new elections laws by C. A. Chandraprema Virtually everything said in this column about the local government elections and the possibility of the yahapalana government postponing them with a Puthukudiirippu-Maritime Pattu style operation by petitioning courts came true last week with the Appeal Court issuing a stay order on the local government delimitation gazette. Every political maneuver that this government makes can be accurately predicted months ahead. Frantic talks are now being held by the SLFP with their estranged colleagues in the Joint Opposition to form an […]

Racist Mahinda calls EPDP to join him

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Leader of both the Joint Opposition (JO) and the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday (24), called upon all political forces in Sri Lanka to team up with them to defeat the ruling United National Party (UNP) and to end the rule of the Government at all levels. “The JO and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are also holding negotiations with each other so, that we may contest together. The discussions are yet at a formative stage and the announcements will be made after the nominations are finalized,” Gunawardena told a news conference at the MEP headquarters at Maharagama yesterday. He said, that he had invited the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) led by Arumugam Thondaman and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) led […]

Jaffna HC issues notice on Army Chief Case involving disappearance of 12 youths taken by them

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illancheliyan on 15 November ordered Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake to appear in Court on 18 January 2018. The Jaffna High Court Judge made this order having perused a petition filed by a group of relatives, who have alleged that 24 youths had gone missing after they were taken into custody by the Army on 19 July 1996 from the Nawakkuliya area in the Jaffna District. The case pertaining to the petition which seeks to find the whereabouts of 12 youths out of 24 who had disappeared, was taken for hearing at the Jaffna High Court on 9 November when the Court heard the case against three suspects who were named by the Attorney General. The initial examination of […]

Special Session of TGTE Parliament Pay Respects to Tamil Heroes (Maveerar). Dr. M. Naganathan will Join New York Event.

26th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Special Session of TGTE Parliament Pay Respects to Tamil Heroes (Maveerar). Dr. M. Naganathan will Join New York Event. Tamil Heros Memorial (Maaveerar) NEW YORK, USA, November 26, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Special session of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Parliament was convened today to pay respects to thousands of Tamil Heroes (Maveerar) who sacrificed their lives to establish an independent sovereign State of Tamil Eelam. The Speaker of the Parliament Mr. Nahalingam Balachandran gave opening remarks and invited Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran and others to address the special session. Several Cabinet Members and Members of Parliament also delivered their address. TGTE is organizing it’s Maveerar Nall (Heros Day) event on November 27th in New York, USA. A special guest from Tamil Nadu […]

TNA MP Sridharan funds construction of LTTE Mausoleum

25th November 2017 // 0 Comments

TNA MP S. Sridharan had allocated Rs.4 million out of his decentralized budget to renovate the Mahaviru Mausoleum where the bodies of dead LTTE members are buried in Kanakapuram in Kilinochchi, it is reported. This sum is to be taken out of the decentralized allocations made to the MP for development work of the Kilinochchi District. Approval for this had been granted by both the Karachchi divisional secretariat and the Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat, it was revealed. MP Sridharan, during an observation visit to the site, had informed the media that he intends using this money to renovate the graves of the LTTE members that had been there since 2009 and also to construct a protective wall around the cemetery. A decision was taken at the […]

Constitutional making process: TNA stresses need to share power

25th November 2017 // 0 Comments

“Both sides discussed the need to move towards a peacefully negotiated political settlement in the island including the North. Both sides agreed that terrorism should be countered with resolve. The Indian side called for implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment and greater devolution of powers to the provinces. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa emphasized that the President of Sri Lanka and his Government were firmly committed to a political process that would lead to a sustainable solution”. That is what the all-powerful Basil Rajapaksa said when he went to India in 2008, before the war came to an end. Prof. G.L. Peiris, the then Minister of External Affairs, went to India, Sir, between 15th and 17th of May, 2011. Having had discussions with leaders there, there was a […]

Jeyaraj’s assassination case drags on for nearly ten years

24th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The government couldn’t interfere with the ongoing judicial investigations pertaining to the assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle during the war, UPFA General Secretary and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. Admitting that there had been an inordinate delay in the judicial process, Amaraweera said the government couldn’t intervene on behalf of anyone. Amaraweera said so when The Island sought an explanation regarding the government’s failure to address the issue. Jeyaj’s widow, State Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, was flanking Amaraweera. The Island pointed out that Fernandopulle had been assassinated in April nine years back and the government was concerned about addressing accountability issues as regards the LTTE suspects but the cases involving victims of LTTE terrorism didn’t receive the same attention. […]

Tamil’s Chief Minister WignesWaran should resign – Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara

24th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Methmalie Dissanayake On 6 September, a new civil society group was formed under the leadership of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. According to members of Eliya, the sole purpose of forming the group is defeating the new Constitution. Ceylon Today contacted a member of Eliya, Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekra VSV RWP USP to ascertain his views on the new Constitution and the current status of the war crimes allegations levelled against Sri Lanka. Followings are excerpts of the interview: We are seeing you these days as a member of Eliya which is a group that has the support of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Why did you extend your support to ‘Eliya‘? A: The main objective of Eliya is to apprise the public of […]

Futile To Expect Mahinda Rajapaksa To Give Up His Racist Political Scheming

24th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan, participating in the final debate of the second reading of the Budget in Parliament last week, made an impassioned plea to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to extend his fullest support and cooperation to the current constitution making process. Describing the former president as a very senior political leader in this country who commanded much respect amongst the people, Sampanthan implored Rajapaksa not to use the constitution as a means to come to power, maintaining his party would have no problem with the former president seeking any other means to capture power. Sampanthan said he also intended to make the same appeal to all the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Members of […]

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