April 2018

Towards a Common Future: a revitalised and relevant Commonwealth

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By James Dauris  The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London brought together leaders representing the interests of 2.4 billion people, nearly one third of the world’s population.  Sri Lanka is no stranger to CHOGM.  It hosted the meeting in 2013 and President Sirisena led the delegation to London this year. 46 Heads of Government, over 50 Ministers and 15,000 delegates attended.  Heads of delegations met in London and at Windsor Castle, while Ministers and other participants took part in forums for women, youth, civil society and business, and dozens of side events and multilateral and bilateral meetings. Discussions focused on the theme “Towards a Common Future” for the citizens of the Commonwealth and considered how the organisation needs to change and grow in order to remain […]

Douglas accused of illegally occupying property

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The people of Jaffna fondly remember going to Sridhar Cinema from the 1970s to the early 1990s. It is located close to the railway crossing on Stanley Road. The majestic building was built by Chelliah Sabaratnam Ratnasabapathy and his wife Mrs. Maheswari Ratnasabapathy around 1974. It became a landmark in Jaffna. Ratnasabapathy died intestate in 1974 and by presumption the new owners were his widow and children, Ratnasabapathy Mahendraraviraj of Australia, Mrs. Mahendraravirani Dayalakumar, Mrs. Parasakthy Jeganathan, Ratnasabapathy Devarajah and Ratnasabapathy Sridhar, the latter four of the UK. From on or about 1990 the Sridhar Cinema had to be closed down due to the hostilities in the North. At this time, the Plaintiffs were, as a family, forced to leave their home in Jaffna and […]

Hitler Had His ” Brown Shirts” While Gotabaya Has The Equivalent In The “Saffron Cohorts”

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Hitler Had His ” Brown Shirts” While Gotabaya Has The Equivalent In The “Saffron Cohorts”, Its Lay Fellow-travelers And The ” Rana Viru” Myrmidons. By Anura Gunasekara That is our parliamentary crucible; toads, newts, adders and scorpions being stirred in a poisoned chalice and strained through a kurakkan satakaya. The Diyawanna script is written in Medamulana and offered to the nation, along with Atapirikara and jasmine flowers and couched in sonorous, mock-pious statements, delivered from diverse friendly Aramayas, with open approval from a compliant, complicit and adulatory Sangha. Whilst the most prominent casualty of the unsuccessful no confidence motion was President Sirisena, the outcome has enabled Ranil Wickremesinghe to reunite, perhaps momentarily, a gradually disintegrating UNP and, though he may not acknowledge it publicly, to realistically […]

NO justice for 13 yrs because journalist Sivaram was a Tamil and killed by the government forces?

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Why is the current government covering up the killers of Tamil Journalists by the Mahinda government?  Was President Srisena then minister in Mahinda government involved in giving orders to these these killings? Dharmaratnam Sivaram alias Taraki, writer, journalist and political analyst, was abducted by a group in a van near Bambalapitiya police station on 28 April 2005. On the following day, his body was found near parliament in a high security zone. The perpetrators working with the Mahinda government was so powerful they abducted him near a police station and dumped his body near the country’s parliament? Question remains as to how kidnappers could enter the parliament premises, the most secured zone – and commit such a crime. Mahinda and his government did nothing to arrest […]

Aggrieved Party Wonders If Changing Law & Order Minister Would Effect Thajudeen Case

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody – Sources close to the family of murdered ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen said that with the change that had taken place in the portfolio of the Minister of Law and Order, Thajudeen’s family as the aggrieved party in the presently ongoing case before the Magistrate’s Court, expected much in terms of justice despite the lack of faith in the present state of affairs with regard to the case. Wasim Thajudeen The incumbent Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara succeeded Sagala Ratnayake as the Minister of Law and Order. Sources including attorneys connected to the case queried as to whether the change to the helm of the aforementioned Ministerial subject would also reflect in a change in the Thajudeen matter, in a manner akin to the recent developments in […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Was The Undisputed Head Of All State Agencies Handling Military and Civil Intelligence.

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

“Capo De Tutti Capi” (Leader Of All Leaders) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Was The Undisputed Head Of All State Agencies Handling Military and Civil Intelligence. By Sarath de Alwis “He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse.”  – Pol Pot In a rebuttal of a newspaper report on the investigation into the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunge, the former Defence Secretary and 2020 Presidential hopeful, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is at pains to explain that then Commander of the Army- Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka was in charge of army intelligence and he was above the brawl and broil. That he was and is lily white in his dealings in the shadowy world of intelligence. “The Directorate of Military Intelligence of the Army is a branch within the Army […]

16 SLFP MPs who quit the government request for seats on Opposition side

27th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The 16 Sri Lankan Freedom Party MPs who quit the government requested parliament secretary General to allocate them seats on Opposition side, Ada Derana parliament correspondent reported. The letter bearing the signatures of all 16 SLFP MPs has been handed over to parliament secretary General Dhammika Dissanayake this morning (27) said SLFP MP Sudarshani Fernandopulle while addressing media after handing over the letter. Speaking further, Fernandopulle  said the restructure of the party will take place from top level to grass root level after May Day. Sixteen SLFP Ministers and MPs who voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister decided to step down from their posts in the National Government on April 11. President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the leader […]

Namal’s alleged money laundering case: FCID yet to receive AG’s advice

27th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The FCID conducting investigations against five suspects including Hambantota district MP Namal Rajapaksa for their alleged involvement in money laundering amounting to Rs.15 million in a company owned by Namal Rajapaksa, yesterday informed Court that they were yet to receive the Attorney General’s (AG) advice regarding the future course of legal action against the suspects. When the case came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Pradeep Liyanage, the FCID said that the preliminary investigations regarding the incident have been concluded and sought the AG’s advice in this regard. Accordingly, further magisterial inquiry into the incident was fixed for October 25. Meanwhile, the Court was informed that Indika Prabhath Karunajeewa, who had evaded court since the inception, is living in Australia. The prosecutors told court that they […]

There’s no respect for foreign women in Sri Lanka

27th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Mirissa made headlines for an unpleasant incident earlier this month and the authorities immediately reacted to it by taking actions like suspending the activities of the restaurant and removing unauthorised establishments along the Mirissa coastal belt. Hence, work is in progress to safeguard the tourism industry in the country, with special focus on the South. Having been in the tourism industry for six years, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (Pvt) Ltd Managing Director Paloma Scott recently expressed her concerns about the attitudes men have towards white women. She was born in England (London) to Sri Lankan and Scottish/English parents. When her brother discovered Unawatuna, Paloma was determined to change her career plans and get involved in the tourism industry instead. In a candid interview with the Daily […]

Mahinda aims at Opposition Leader post

27th April 2018 // 0 Comments

JO aims at Opposition Leader post, the General Secretary posts of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Attempting to get hold of the General Secretary posts of the UPFA and the SLFP using as pawns the 16 SLFP MPs NCM against Sampanthan put on hold at the instance of the former President JO argued that they be given the Opposition Leader post claiming that they were the largest group in the Opposition Local Government election results point to the fact that the UNP’s calculations have gone wrong   The Joint Opposition, the Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists in the Parliament, seems to aim currently at three main positions in and outside of the Parliament. One is the Opposition Leader post, a […]

Mervyn Silva says he has evidence to expose Gotabaya

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Minister Mervyn Silva says he has evidence to expose former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.  Speaking to reporters today, Silva said that he is prepared to reveal details related to Rajapaksa and the Welikada prison killings. Silva also said that he had already indicated his willingness to make a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Gotabaya Rajapaksa yet his statement has not been obtained. Meanwhile, Mervyn Silva also said that he fully supports the United National Party (UNP) and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.  Silva says he feels there is no one better than Wickremesinghe to lead the UNP. (Colombo Gazette)  Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

Support Now! Help Sri Lankan Torture Victims!

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Rohan Jayasekera‘s London Marathon run to raise funds for Sri Lankan torture survivors. Money goes to Freedom from Torture – formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture – is the only UK charity dedicated to provide the kind of specialist therapy that survivors of physical & mental abuse need. One ore day to go. You can still donate, make a small contribution!! Rohan Jayasekera is an English journalist and former deputy CEO of Index on Censorship in London. He writes to Colombo Telegraph too. The link below gives more details about the event: You can donate here The charity Freedom from Torture currently provides therapeutic care for more survivors from Sri Lanka that any other nation – and incredibly, it’s been like that for seven years.  Freedom […]

Unheard Sounds And Faint Memories Of ‘Bloody’ White Vans

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

In the questionable days of the Rajapaksa regime, the most dreadful sound, amongst many a sound of shooting in Rathupaswala, Katunayake and post-war Jaffna, was the one that you did not hear: a white van parked outside your home. How many men and women were forcibly shoved into the van and taken away and threatened, their bones smashed, and spirit drained, one may never know. Among those countless shrieks and screams and unbridled impunity to those who hurt innocent men and women who happened to hold a different view from that of those in power, their broken noses and shattered bones might yet be bleeding. Those who wrote a different story, different from the garbage thrown out by the state-owned media and sycophants of the regime […]

Reconciliatory Cabinet meeting with SLFP participation

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Skandha Gunasekara Striking a conciliatory tone, the weekly Cabinet meeting was held with the participation of all Cabinet Ministers, including the SLFPers who boycotted the previous meeting, with the President presiding over a “tea party” following the completion of discussions. Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella, speaking to the Daily FT, was upbeat about the cordial atmosphere after weeks of speculation about crossovers and open dissent within the SLFP. “It was a very cordial occasion and the meeting finished within an hour. One good thing was that the President hosted us to a tea party soon after the meeting,” he revealed. Discussions on major political issues, including a Cabinet reshuffle which is likely to be carried out next week, were notably absent, according […]

SriLankan Aviation College partners with Kingston University London

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

SriLankan Aviation College and Kingston University London have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the launch of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) top up degree in Aircraft Engineering in Sri Lanka, providing an exciting new dimension in airline-related education in the region. Kingston University London has been delivering this programme in the UK since 2001 and has had hundreds of graduates who now work with major airlines in the UK and around the world. SriLankan Aviation College (SLAC), the training arm of SriLankan Airlines, is the first institution to provide professionals the opportunity to acquire this qualification in Sri Lanka. This programme will enable students who are qualified up to an ‘EASA B License Training Certificate’ to achieve an honours degree which is accredited by the […]

In The Eyes Of The Public The Only Party That Had The Motive To Silence Lasantha Wickramatunga Was The Regime Of The Rajapaksas.

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

In The Eyes Of The Public The Only Party That Had The Motive To Silence Lasantha Wickramatunga Was The Regime Of The Rajapaksas. By Vishwamithra 1984 “All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candour” ~Walt Whitman In the questionable days of the Rajapaksa regime, the most dreadful sound, amongst many a sound of shooting in Rathupaswela, Katunayake and post-war Jaffna, was the one that you did not hear: A white van parked outside your home. How many men and women were forcibly shoved into the van and taken away and threatened, their bones smashed, and spirit drained, one may never know. Among those countless shrieks and screams and unbridled impunity to those who hurt innocent men and women who happened to hold a different […]

Unity,Positive Approach,Trust In India Are the Three Requirements For Sri Lankan Tamils To Gain Equality With Maximum Devolution in a United Sri Lanka States TNA and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan.

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Unity,Positive Approach,Trust In India Are the Three Requirements For Sri Lankan Tamils To Gain Equality With Maximum Devolution in a United Sri Lanka States TNA and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan. Posted by Administrator on 24 April 2018, 11:04 pm The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R.Sampanthan, told Tamils on Tuesday what they should do secure their rights within a united Sri Lanka. Launching a Tamil language book “Or Inapprachanaiyum Ou Oppandhamum” (An Ethnic Question and An Accord) on the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 written by T.Ramakrishnan Associate Editor of The Hindu, Sampanthan appealed to the Tamils to eschew skepticism and see past and current efforts to find a political solution in a positive light and as being part of a continuum. He urged the Tamils to […]

CID CLOSES IN ON MASTERMINDS OF KEITH NOYAHR ABDUCTION

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

The CID is nearing the end of its investigation into the May 2008 abduction and assault of former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper, Keith Noyahr, according to a detailed three-hour oral submission made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama last Wednesday on behalf of the Attorney General. Objecting to bail being granted to former Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Amal Karunasekara, SSC Girihagama laid out the evidence collected by the CID over the span of their 18-month long investigation, which has so far led to the arrest of eight serving and former officers of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, on charges of complicity in the abduction and assault of Noyahr on May 22, 2008. According to […]

US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under the PTA. Suspects arrested under the PTA, including since the war ended in 2009, gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Several released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, […]

Ranil Instructs UNP Not To Criticise 16 SLFP’ers Who Voted For NCM After Malik,Mangala and Vajira Ministerial Trio Holds “Peace”Talks With Maithripala

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

By The “Sunday Times”Political Editor A lesser known fact among most politically literate Sri Lankans was a directive Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued to all parliamentarians of his United National Front (UNF) ahead of the National New Year. On Monday April 9 he told them to refrain from criticising the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who had voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against him. That comprised six Ministers, the Deputy Speaker, four State Ministers and five Deputy Ministers. The backdrop to Wickremesinghe’s directive, also lesser known, was a meeting a three-member United National Party (UNP) delegation had with President Sirisena, leader of the SLFP, on Sunday April 8. It comprised Ministers Malik Samarawickrema, Mangala Samaraweera and Vajira Abeywardena. Their talks were centred […]

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