28th February 2018

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

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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

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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 ?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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 […]