January 2018

13 SLPP members to join the UNP – Range Bandara

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sanchith Karunaratna State Minister of Irrigation Palitha Range Bandara stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party does not possess the strength to break away from the UNP to form a separate government. He further stated that no amount of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) deserter will be enough to bolster the ailing SLFP as 13 members of parliament from the SLPP have already pledged their support to the UNP further reinforcing the political power of the UNP. In such a situation of political instability the SLFP cannot hope to form their own government State Minister Bandara said. Speaking to the media at a gathering in Anamaduwa, Palitha Range Bandara stated that once the 13 SLPP members join with the 106 UNP parliamentarians, the SLFP will […]

Justice for the Trinco Five students in Sri Lanka!

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

  Petitioning President Maithripala Sirisena Justice for the Trinco Five students in Sri Lanka! Ragihar Manoharan, a 20-year-old Tamil youth, and four other Sri Lankan Tamil students were killed by security forces on January 2, 2006 in Trincomalee in northwestern Sri Lanka. The authorities have failed to prosecute anyone for their murder. Their case is emblematic of the thousands of people subjected to human rights violations in Sri Lanka by government forces.  Two police investigations and a commission of inquiry on the case of the “Trinco Five” students have yet to result in anyone being held accountable.  The Sri Lankan government must effectively investigate and prosecute those responsible for these murders so that the families of the students may at last receive justice.

A Legal Framework for National Reconciliation: The Way Forward

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

The following speech delivered by Former President Madame Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the ONUR,  at the29th LAWASIA Conference – Golden Jubilee Conference, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 12 – 15 August 2016  It is with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of the LAWA SIA hosts to address this distinguished gathering. The legal fraternity, both Bench and Bar have a vital role to play, and are playing, in the life of this country. I am aware that LAWASIA is committed to the Rule of Law, Good Governance and the protection of human rights. I take this opportunity to salute the members of the legal fraternity for their courageous and principled actions to uphold democratic rule in Sri Lanka, on several occasions when Freedom & […]

Visiting Prince Edward Urged to Raise Persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan Leaders and to Meet Tamil Victims

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

Link: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/429522130/visiting-prince-edward-urged-to-raise-persecution-of-tamils-with-sri-lankan-leaders-and-to-meet-tamil-victims-tgte LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , January 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — While His Royal Highness The Prince Edward is visiting Sri Lanka to be the Chief Guest of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged him to raise the persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan leaders and to meet Tamil victims during his visit. He will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. TGTE submitted a memo (Please see below), highlighting the abuses faced by Tamils to be raised with Sri Lankan leaders. “While you receive the Guard of Honor during the Independence Day celebrations, please remember that these troops that give Guard of Honor are the same troops that according […]

TGTE Parliament Works out New Political Strategies

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Parliament which concluded its three-day session in Canada has worked out various political strategies. The eighth direct session of the second tenure of the TGTE Parliament was held on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January at the Town Hall on Vanni Streeet of Markam in Toronto, Canada. Among the participants were TGTE Members of Parliament from various counties of the world along with Senate Members, Members of the Advisory Committee and a multitude of resource delegates. Mr. Rudrakumaran, the TGTE Prime Minister, had, in his opening-day address, insisted on the necessity by way of basic ethics and political strategy for organizations fighting for the realization of the Tamils right to self-determination and securing remedial justice for Mulivaikaal […]

LTTE New Year wishes on Fb Suspects further remanded

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

BY Kavindya Perera Colombo Additional Magistrate Dulani S. Amerasinghe on 24 January further remanded, till 7 February, the two suspects charged with posting New Year wishes for 2018 on Facebook accompanied by photos of late LTTE Leader V. Prabhakaran and the LTTE emblem. The two suspects are Dinesh Kumar and Vijaya Kumar. The probe into the complaint, lodged by Pethum Rasanga, a resident of Ratnapura, was conducted by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) who submitted details of the case to the Court. The petitioner had pointed out that the two suspects had opened an account on Facebook titled ‘Vidushan Roxy’ and through it they had conveyed wishes for the New Year with a photo of the LTTE leader while the emblem of the LTTE had […]

Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Legislation gives sweeping powers to Navy and is detrimental to Indian fishers’ MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan Navy personnel to arrest Indian fishermen and seize trawlers and fishing nets. Above all, the Sri Lankan officials would impose hefty fines and harsher […]

” Rajapaksa Regime and its Fellow Barbarians at the Gates Once More” – Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera Warns Sri Lanka Before Local Govt Polls

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

(Text of Statement issued by the Minister of Finance and Media, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP. on January 25th 2018 under the heading ” March to freedom or return to fear?) The National Unity Government ushered in through a historic and revolutionary election in January 2015 has recently marked three years in office. As the Government attains this milestone, our achievements are many, but the road ahead of us remains as long and challenging as ever, and Sri Lanka stands again at the cusp of a crucial election in three weeks time that will determine the course of our nation in the years ahead. Once again, it is an election that will decide if democratic institutions and traditions, painstakingly rebuilt since January 2015 will be torn […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sarath Fonseka and the Assassination Of Lasantha Wickrematunge

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

It was an open secret then that the hands of Rajapaksa regime were stained with the blood of Lasantha Wickrematunge.  Govt bigwigs talk positively of breakthroughs in probes and of potential indictments from time to time but the ground reality has been a NATO (no action talk only) so far. At present there is a sense of hopelessness at the manner the present administration is handling investigations Rajapaksa govt resorted to several “unorthodox” measures in prosecuting the war. Many were killed in cold blood or white vanned. It soon came to a point when dissidents or those expressing contrary views were also depicted as enemies,threats and traitors.  All the murderers involved in the assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge have been identified. Vehicles used for attacks have been […]

‘Sword Sirisena’ secretly invited 2 SC judges to Paget Road to smuggle out Gota ; Judges arrived in minister Mustafa’s car !

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 26.Jan.2018, 10.00AM)  It is no less a person than president ‘Sword Sirisena’ who has halted the arrest of  notorious culprit Gotabaya Rajapakse , while the whole world is aware it is Gotabaya who misappropriated  over Rs. 90 million public funds to build a mausoleum of his parents . The president also  went as far as to   secretly send Gotabaya out of the country when he was about to be taken into custody over the mass murder of prisoners  committed within Welikade prison , Western province chief minister Isuru Devapriya stated openly  in his confession. Unbelievably , the responsible president who acted this irresponsibly and criminally  despite being  the highest in the hierarchy of the country has still not denied those serious allegations mounted […]

Sri Lanka President blames Ranil, AG over delay in prosecuting Gotabhaya

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was implicated in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination and was in fact named in a police B report filed at the Mount Lavinia courts. Report said the then head of military intelligence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa operated a killer squad and he reported to Rajapaksa.  The assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga and national rugby star Wasim Thajudeen were also dragging on despite investigators privately saying that they had completed their work. ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday blamed the undue delay in prosecuting high profile criminal suspects of the former regime on  inefficient state attorneys and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Speaking to local media heads at the President’s House in Colombo, Sirisena said he wanted indictments prepared by the attorney general’s department by a panel of […]

10 trillion foreign debt but ‘9 Trillion missing’ during last 10 years of MAHINDA regime

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Claims out of Rs. 10 trillion foreign debt during last 10 years of MR regime, only Rs. 1 trillion can be accounted for by way of assets and balance missing Alleges Govt. losing revenue due to companies linked to Ministers and MPs getting concessions Blames UNP for disagreeing to SLFP proposal to debate Bond and PRECIFAC Reports before LG Polls Says a coalition of VVIP rogues is scheming to avert legal action against those responsible for bond scam; promises to expose the elite mafia soon  Urges people to support him to root out corrupt politicians Describes Ravi K’s attempt to make a statement in Parliament as “suicidal” By Nisthar Cassim President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday took his fight against corruption to a new height levelling serious charges on […]

Compelling Principal to kneel before Uva CM

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

A ten hour investigation was carried out by the Human Rights Council on Thursday, over the incident where the Badulla Tamil Girl’s School Principal R. Bhavani was compelled to kneel down before the Uva Chief Minister and later threatening her and obtaining a statement. The Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Keerthi Tennakoon and the Ceylon Teachers Union General Secretary Joseph Stalin, appeared on behalf of the complainant party. Six respondents were summoned by the Human Rights Commission, including the Uva Province Education Director and the Secretary of the Uva Province Education Ministry, Sandya Ambanwela. Speaking to the media upon the completion of the investigation, Keerthi Tennakoon said the manner in which these officials had acted was unacceptable. He said the Police and State […]

Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Manushi Silva Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE. The Minister pointed out 780 such families have been identified, and 1000 acres of land in Mullaitivu district is needed for those families and for the new generation that emerged. Further, the Minister through his letter pointed out the former residents of Mullaitivu District who lost their lands during the time of war had resettled in Puttalam and other areas temporarily. However, […]

Difference between British & Sri Lankan

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Launching the first Taste of Britain Festival in Colombo yesterday , the British High Commissioner James Dauris said that seasoning and other additives, could be the difference between the curries produced in the two countries. Asked what he thought separated curries cooked in Britain and Sri Lanka , he said ” I am not the best person to answer your question, but I presume its to do with spices and other ingredients.” The High Commissioner observed that historical ties between the United Kingdom and South Asia, meant that there were some similarities in food , with curries being an important part of the menu. Wishing the Festival which runs until January 28, a successful inaugural performance, he hoped that it could be made an annual […]

Is time running out for Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa?

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

On 8 January 2015, the people of this country exercised their true democratic grit to dispel the rule of President Rajapaksa and his family. The right of the people was exercised in a clear wave of hope to end corruption, inequality and establish justice, which most thought was diminished under the Rajapaksa rule.  The result was unexpected and happened against the series of overwhelming public endorsements received by the Rajapaksa Government in successive elections prior to the people’s presidential verdict. The scenario brings to mind a saying of Niels Bohr, “The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” High expectations were set on the coalition Government formed with the advent of Maithripala […]

TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls. A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan as having told European Union Sri Lanka Political Desk Head Paul Godfrey: “Soon after the local government elections the process must be expedited and the draft Constitution must be submitted to Parliament and eventually it must be approved by the people at a referendum”. “We cannot delay anymore these processes. Instead we must give priority to this in order to find a lasting solution to the national question”, Sampanthan has said adding that “it is important that the new Constitution must be a reasonable and an acceptable one […]

Ranil-Maithri-Mahinda clique that took steps to break up the state service has no right to ask for votes from state employees

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil-Maithri-Mahinda clique that took steps to break up the state service has no right to ask for votes from state employees and the government has not taken any action to increase the salaries of state employees by Rs.5967.00 according to the increase in the living index up to November 2017 says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (22nd). The General Secretary of Lanka Teacher Services Union Mahinda Jayasinghe and the President of State Administrative Assistants Service U. Palihawadana were also present. Speaking further Mr. Tilvin Silva said, “At the election, the JVP, the UNP, Maithri clique as well as Mahinda’s new party are contesting […]

PRECIFAC Recommends Legal Action Against Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ex – Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardena Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) which had held former President Mahind Rajapaksa responsible for allegedly causing a financial loss to ITN had recommended filing of legal action against him. The Commission had concluded that former President and three former officials of ITN had been guilty of causing the state TV channel a loss of Rs 102,158,058 by getting it to telecast his advertisements free of charge during the presidential election. It has held that the defendants have committed a crime under section 70 of the Bribery Act. The Commission had also recommended that ITN should be converted into an independent institution. PRECIFAC […]

Sinhala colony schemed with expansion of Buddha temple at Punaa’nai, Batticaloa

22nd January 2018 // 0 Comments

A small worship place with a Buddha statue, which was left behind by the occupying Army of genocidal Sri Lanka in 2016, has now been expanded into a big Buddhist temple establishment at 121st Mile Post on Colombo – Batticaloa Road in Punaa’nai East in Koa’ra’laip-pattu North (Vaakarai) division. The expansion has taken place in an accelerated phase in December 2017. The jungle area without any civilian settlement has been selected for Sinhala colonisation and the Buddhist vihara establishment has become the anchoring point, Tamil civil sources in Batticaloa North said. In the meantime, more than 150 Sinhala families have been settled near Punaa’nai Railway station three years ago. The settlement near the railway station was also commenced with the establishment of a similar Buddhist […]

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