4th February 2018

Udayanga Weeratunga nephew of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Arrested

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Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga had been reportedly detained at the Dubai Airport this morning, while in transit to the United States, sources said. He was to be handed over to the Dubai Police by the immigration officers. Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former envoy to Russia was accused of being the centre of a probe into the acquisition of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine, while he was also accused of supplying weapons to anti-Government forces. Interpol arrest warrant was taken in October 2016 following an FCID request made to the Colombo Fort Magistrate. On January 04, 2017 Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered to suspend the transactions of 16 bank accounts with a balance of USD 1.5 million funds kept by Mr Weeratunga […]

Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena remanded

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UPDATE (8.50) :The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena who were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) earlier this morning, were taken to CID headquarters to record their statements , said Police Spokesman. They were arrested by CID officers who arrived at their respective residences in Colombo, today. On Friday, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court named former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena as suspects in the CID’s investigation into the bond scam. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) filed its first ‘B Report’ in court over the investigation into the controversial issuance of treasury bonds and cited the aforementioned names as suspects. The Magistrate also ordered former CBSL Governor Arjuna […]

Seventy Years of Independence and Tamils of Sri Lanka

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A significant section of the Tamils was in the vanguard of a freedom struggle against the British. The nearest to an anti-British, pro-freedom struggle, in the country came from the North The south…was generally quiet during British rule The dominant Sinhala political class preferred to cooperate with rather than confront the British  By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, gained Independence from Britain on February 4, 1948. The Island nation had been under colonial bondage for a very long period. The Portuguese rule came first in 1505, followed by Dutch rule in 1658. Finally came the British rule in 1796 that lasted until 1948. It was the British who unified the Island under a single […]

Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day

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Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland  Dear High Commissioner,  Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day  On February 4 Sri Lanka marks its 70th year of independence from Britain.  Historically, this day has been a painful one for the Tamils both who live in Sri Lanka and those who have been forced into exile by discrimination and anti-Tamil violence.  Tamil dignitaries and politicians did not attend the ceremonies celebrating the event from 1972 to 2014 in protest for the exclusion of the Tamil population from the political, economic, and cultural life of the country and the elimination of […]

War taught us heroism – Tamil Women

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Local Government elections to be held later this week is being conducted under new laws which make it mandatory for the Elections Commission to ensure that 25 per cent of the elected Councillors are women, has made female politicians in Jaffna very enthusiastic about the poll. Ceylon Today visited the Northern capital at end of January and met some of the women candidates from major political parties contesting in the forthcoming LG polls and found that they are not only getting ready to challenge male contenders but also to put an end to issues plaguing women in our society. Viluthu We joined a media briefing at the Jaffna Press Club given by a collective body of women candidates who grouped […]

Mt.Lavinia Police Ex- Crimes OIC Arrested for Questioning Over Concealing Evidence In Lasantha Wickrematunga Murder; Arrest of Former IGP,DIG and SP Also Imminent

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By Camelia Nathaniel The CID had taken into custody the former Crimes OIC of the Mount Lavinia Police on a 48 hour detention order over the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge which took place nine years ago. CID sources told the Daily News that the then Crimes OIC of the Mt. Lavinia Police, Sub Inspector Tissa Sugathapala was taken into custody on Wednesday by the CID and had obtained a court order to detain him for 48 hours for questioning. According to CID sources, many details that had hitherto not been revealed, had come to light during the interrogation of Sugathapala. He is accused of concealing and destroying information pertaining to the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge. The CID said he had failed to […]