February 2018

How SL Brigadier’s ‘throat slitting motion to Tamils’ was exposed in London

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

http://lankanewsweb.net/featured/item/8050-persona-non-grata-behind-the-dramapersona-non-grata-behind-the-drama By Westminster Insider At 22:44Z or Zulu Time (Time Zone: UTC, longitude: zero degrees/Prime Meridian) on the 4th of February a brilliant young doctor Thusiyan Nandakumar, the Tamil Guardian editor forwarded the infamous video clip of Sri Lanka’s now ex defence attaché, gesturing a throat slitting motion to protestors outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London to the Chairman and Secretary of the British Tamil Conservatives (BTC), Dr Arujuna Sivananthan and Gajan Rajasekaran respectively. Both are ex senior investment bankers with businesses of their own. The former has a passion for owning and racing horses while the later is the grandson the late Muttaihpillai, Sri Lanka’s largest landlord prior to the nationalisation of private estates..  Gajan immediately forwarded the message to Messrs Senthil […]

As UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva TGTE calls for Justice for Victims of Sri Lankan War Crimes

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The TGTE will issue in the next few days a mid-term report card on the Sri Lankan government’s commitments made to the UNHRC GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, February 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) wishes the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), currently underway in Geneva, a resounding success. We believe this Session will contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights around the world. We also hope that this Session will take constructive and meaningful steps to end impunity and promote accountability. From the Rohingya in Myanmar to Tamils of Sri Lanka, and from people in Syria to people in Yemen, millions of people have high expectations from the Council’s deliberations and decisions. TGTE is a political […]

Why wasn’t Sarath Fonseka appointed law and order minister ?

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The latest Cabinet reshuffle was a disappointment. Even some UNP parliamentarians have gone on record calling it a ‘joke’, others mutter the same in private. If anything at all, this is another proof of how indecisive President Maithripala Sirisena has become. He is being dragged here and there by his Maharaja advisers, who are preoccupied with discrediting the UNP leadership and SLFP heavyweights, who even after coming in a distant third in the recent election, still have the tenacity to call the shots within the government.    The Cabinet reshuffle has only settled their grudges. It simply ignored the elephant in the room, i.e. the government’s repeated failure over the past three years to successfully prosecute those accused of corruption, nepotism, abductions and a prison […]

Bimal & Sunil meet Sri Lankans in London

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Several members of the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) including its Chairman Sunil Handunneththi and the National Organizer of the JVP Bimal Rathnayaka are in London to participate in a special workshop organized by British parliament for members of COPE. During the three day workshop in British Parliament, Mr Bimal Rathnayaka participated in a seminar in Stockholm in Sweden organized by the JVP. A large number of Sri Lankans irrespective of their political leanings participated. Mr Bimal Rathnayaka also had a special discussion with the President of the Communist Party of Sweden. Both Mr Bimal Rathnayaka and Mr Sunil Handunneththi also participated in a well-attended seminar organized by the JVP Committee in Britain. They have had a special discussion with the Communist Party of Britain. Several discussions and […]

Raviharan released on bail

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance Northern Provincial Councillor T Raviharan who was arrested for damaging state property has been released on bail. The order was issued by the Mullaitivu Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. A protest was staged on the 22nd of February by Raviharan and a group of protestors over efforts to hand over land owned by the Gotabaya Navy Camp in Wattuwakal, Mullaitivu to the Navy through a survey. The protest was held adjacent to the Mullaitivu District Department of Survey. The Councillor was arrested this morning over a complaint filed claiming the protestors had damaged a vehicle of the Department. Police had taken measures to record a statement by the Councillor prior to the arrest. Further investigations are being carried out by the Mullaitivu Police.

NPC wants Int’l court over alleged war crimes

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) yesterday passed a resolution to request the UNHRC to establish an International Court to look into the alleged war crimes committed by the armed forces during the wartime in the province. The resolution, which was submitted by Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam, was passed with a majority at the 117th council session held at the Provincial Council premises at Kaithady. Mr Shivajilingam said the government had failed to probe into war crime charges though the UNHRC had requested it to do so during the previous UNHRC sessions in Geneva. “A probe by the Government to solve human rights violations cannot be trusted. Since the latest UNHRC session has begun, a resolution should be sent to it,” he said. (Romesh Madushanka)

Thousands rally over mounting debt in northern Sri Lanka

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Protesters in Jaffna slam government for inaction against microfinance companies that charge exorbitant interest rates Months after Sri Lanka’s Central Bank vowed action on mounting household debt in the war-affected north, thousands gathered in Jaffna on Tuesday, protesting against the government’s inaction. ‘Our home and country are indebted, what is the solution?; ‘Stop loans, give employment’ and ‘Strengthen people’s organisations’, read the banners held by participants, who marched from the iconic Veerasingham Hall — named after a former MP who pioneered the northern cooperative movement — to the office of the Government Agent (GA corresponds to the district collector in India). Participants included members and employees of cooperative societies across the Northern Province and thousands of women, who are among the worst-affected by the high-interest, […]

Sambanthan Speaks For Muslims, Condemns Violence Against Muslims In Ampara

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

R. Sampanthan, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader Tamil National Alliance has condemned the violence against the Muslim community in Ampara. We publish below the Sampanthan’s statement in full: Rajavayothi Sampanthan “I strongly condemn the attacks carried out against the Muslim community in Ampara. Any form of violence is not acceptable and I urge those who committed these unwarranted acts to create disunity and bring division among the communities to stay away from such activities and not to create ethnic tension among people.  “I urge the government to take stern action against the preparators of the violence in Ampara and to take adequate measures to prevent such incidents being repeated in future.  We have witnessed such incidents in the past and we have experienced the repercussions of […]

Tamil Leader Prabaharan lived a simple life and was scrupulously honest!

28th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Blooming Errors In Sampanthan’s Eelam-Bud Thesis – A Rejoinder LTTE has been defeated, but the ideals LTTE stood still remain intact.   The Tamils have given up Eelam in lieu of maximum devolution/sharing of power between the centre and the peripheral. Demand for Tamil Eelam may also be justified in international law.  Sampanthan talking of Lotus buds blooming Eelam flowers is not laughable.  Sampanthan is the last moderate leader the Sinhalese leaders can negotiate for an amicable settlement of the decades’ old ethnic problem.  By Veluppillai Thangavelu – Veluppillai Thangavelu In politics, Malinda Seneviratne is the junior sibling of Dayan Jayatilleka. They have many things in common. They both suffer from the majoritarian mindset and supremacist ideology. They see no merit in devolution/sharing of power. Both are allergic to the word […]

Govt. yet to fulfil promises to Tamils, Sampanthan tells US delegate

26th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Good Governance Government had not fulfilled the promises it had given to the Tamil community when it was elected to office in 2015, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told US Congressman James Sensenbrenner at the Opposition Leader’s office in Parliament on Thursday. Sensenbrenner and his Chief of Staff Matt Bisenius met with the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan on Thursday at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Mr Sampanthan apprised the US lawmaker on recently concluded Local Government Elections and the political situation afterwards. Making a reference to the Cosponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council Mr Sampanthan echoed that the Government of Sri Lanka is bound to implement the UNHRC resolution both in […]

The Way Northern Vote Went Is Also A Matter For Concern

26th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera The unexpectedly strong electoral performance by the newly formed SLPP whose chief protagonist is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the recent local government elections was a wake-up call to the parties in government. The opposition has argued that the elections, which came a little after the mid-point of the government’s five year term, was akin to a referendum and therefore those in government had lost their mandate to govern. This argument has been countered on the basis that a local government election cannot take the mandate away from a national election. As the pressure on the government has subsided the timing of the election can be said to be a blessing in disguise. It is clear from the election results that if the […]

Back To Square One: What Next?

26th February 2018 // 0 Comments

In spite of the landslide victory to the SLPP at the local polls, the acrimonious campaign between the MS-RW couple, driven almost to the verge of permanent divorce, and the theorization of constitutional pundits and soothsayers about the future design of the government, the country is back to square one with the same faces and with the same policies. How much of pressure from international players like India and the US was brought in to save the MS-RW matrimony one can only guess. The main question now facing the country is, what next? The voters who showed their utter disgust of the MS-RW regime in the local elections are not worried about any constitutional changes or who holds which ministry in the cabinet. (In fact […]

LASANTHA WICKREMATUNGE ASSASSINATION: CID CLOSES IN ON TOP COP

26th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The arrest of a former top cop in connection to the assassination of The Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge is imminent after groundbreaking testimony from a senior police official leading the murder investigation blew the case wide open, inside sources from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said. Investigations by the CID had found that the high ranking officer had played a role in concealing evidence in connection to the editor’s death, sources revealed. The CID investigations in to the Police enquiries carried out during the time has unraveled important information on how evidence of the killing was covered up by several senior Police officers including a DIG, hampering efforts by local police officials to nab those involved. The CID has gone on to obtain lengthy […]

Lanka ready to take in ‘failed’ asylum seekers

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By Leon Berenger The Government will allow thousands of Sri Lankan refugees, who failed their asylum bid in Europe and elsewhere, to enter the country provided they arrive on a voluntary basis, a high ranking official with the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. He said the decision was taken at the 4th Joint Committee Meeting on Re-Admission held in Brussels on Monday, last week. “There is an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 Lankans who have failed to obtain asylum in several European countries and they are being lined up for deportation to their country of origin. The bulk of the Lankan refugees are ethnic Tamils mainly from the North and East who fled the country during and immediately after the separatist conflict. The Government has decided to […]

Mahinda Family is safe from all its crimes – Ranil is the new Minister of Law and Order

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Agreement Reached Finally on Cabinet Re-shuffle After President Rejects Three Different Lists of Cabinet Changes Submitted by Prime Minister; Maithripala Rejects Ranil’sProposal to Appoint Sarath Fonseka as Law and Order Minister. The suspense for Sri Lankans, kept in the dark for two weeks over the political crisis triggered by results of the local polls, will end today (Feb 25th). The Presidential Secretariat on Friday informed new ministers to be present at a swearing-in ceremony at 11 this morning (Sunday Feb 25th). The move signals the continuation of the SLFP-UNP coalition with most differences resolved, at least for the moment. The past two weeks have seen President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe locked in a see-saw exercise. Sirisena has rejected, at least on three […]

Rt. Honorable Vijaya Kumaratunga stood up as a beacon of peace and amity

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Speech delivered by Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama at the 30th commemoration of Vijaya Kumaratunga at the BMICH recently I consider myself to be very fortunate for being called upon to speak a few words about our friend the late Vijaya Kumaratunga, undoubtedly the most popular actor and the most popular politician 30 years ago. All of us present here today are his friends and those who loved him. Horrendous though it was, I see Vijaya’s assassination, in a certain sense, as the enactment of a farce. I say so, without any sense of levity, because those who perpetrated that crime because of a point of view held dearly by Vijaya, themselves came round to that point of view a few years later. They accepted the […]

Suresh Subramaniam is new NOC President

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Suresh Subramaniam has been elected new President of the National Olympic Committee. At the election today (23), he received 18 votes, while his challenger Rohan Fernando obtained 12 votes. One vote was rejected. Subramaniam is also the deputy President of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association. Maxwell de Silva was elected secretary, defeating his challenger Priti Perera by 19 votes to 12 votes.

Jaffna boy who conquered Financial city of London

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Citi veteran Bernie Sinniah is stepping down after a 38-year run at the bank. Citi confirmed the retirement of the banker – who joined as a spot foreign exchange trader in Colombo and rose to become its global head of foreign exchange solutions – in an email to staff on Monday morning. He will leave by the end of the first quarter.   The bank’s global head of foreign exchange corporate sales Flavio Figueiredo said Mr Sinniah had shown “tremendous client focus” and “built great sales teams” during this time at the bank. “He has continuously looked for innovative ways of delivering client solutions and during the past two years he has worked tirelessly in developing the FX partnership with TTS (treasury and trade solutions) and […]

GTF attempts to get Brigadier Fernando’s family removed

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil diaspora group in the UK, is attempting to have the family of the Defense Attaché to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, removed from the UK. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran has written to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd thanking him for returning Brigadier Fernando to Sri Lanka. “However, we understand that Brigadier’s family members continue to live in the UK. We are therefore writing to request you to curtail their visas and return them back to Sri Lanka,” Surendiran said in the letter. He says the Immigration Rules provide for the refusal of leave to enter or the curtailment of leave already granted in circumstances where there are discretionary powers to allow the Home Secretary to act in a manner that […]

In the end, there was nothing

25th February 2018 // 0 Comments

“A lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Storm Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked good old Karu but Karu said, “Nope!” He asked Sajith but Sajith said, “Nope!” The JO boys thought they at last, were seeing a political Nirvana as the cases against them are sure to fall. “Government must resign!” they cried. “Prime Minister must resign!” The mandate is given by the people unmistakably. Ranil-critic Dayan Jayatilleka thought he found gold and eureka. “Ranil is a tactician in infighting,” Dayan theorised. Dayan always spins theories […]

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