9th April 2018

Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases

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Vavuniya High Court Judge Balendran Sasi Mahendran on Tuesday gave a strong message to SL Attorney General’s Department questioning the absence of its representative at the hearing of the case of three Tamil political prisoners on Tuesday. The case was taken up at Vavuniyaa High Court after it was transferred back following firm pressure from the prisoners and their people against the transfer the case from Vavuniyaa to Anuradhapura last year. Fixing a new date for the hearing the Judge said the AG should not miss representation next time and went to the extent of stating consider a new Judge if there were any hesitation against him hearing the case. But, the hearings should proceed without further postponements, Judge Sasi Mahendran has warned.  Mathiyarasan Sulaxan […]

It was the President who decided to sit on the fence and allow a free vote for his MPs.

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Racism and Hollow Populism Seem to be the Only Ideologies Attractive to the New Breed of Professional Politicians . By Jayaeva Uyangoda Amidst so many stories about the ever – exciting twists and turns in the crisis faced by our Government, we seem to ignore so many other significant political questions. One such question is: what is happening in Sri Lanka’s political parties? As visible from the unfolding power struggles, Sri Lanka’s two main parties – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – are in crisis, awaiting a re-invention for their survival. Meanwhile, a new party — Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) – has emerged, posing a serious existential threat to the SLFP and even showing signs of becoming the […]

Another crude bid to capture national political power by Rajapaksha Family

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Crude Attempt of Joint Opposition Disgracefully Aided And Abetted By Sections of Sirisena’s SLFP To Capture Political Power Ends In Failure By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene A crude bid to capture national political power by the so-called Joint Opposition, disgracefully aided and abetted by a section of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) failed this week. Given the political configurations on the floor of the House, perhaps this failure was inevitable but nothing is certain after all, in this dirty, rotten game of scoundrels beating their chests like patriots, as they say. If this plot had succeeded, the consequences for national stability are too catastrophic to contemplate. In the wake of the defeat, the United National Party (UNP) has promised wide ranging reforms, internally as […]

Mahinda’s SLPP Racist party opposes land release to Tamil civilians by military.

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Mahinda’s new Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party today claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had made a deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to get its (16 MP’s) support to defeat the no-confidence motion against him. New Sinhala racist party SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris said according to the agreement 650 acres of land illegally occupied by the Sinhale Armed forces in the North was to be released to their owners. Appoint officers of Tamil speaking as district secretaries in the North and East where Tamil is used by the majority. This will lead to grave repercussions in the state sector. The Constitution allows any citizen, regardless of their ethnicity, to settle anywhere in the country and to work anywhere SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris told a news briefing. Prof. Peiris […]

Rs 16M to restore 72 Hindu temples

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Hindu places of worship, in the Eastern Province, that were damaged during the separatist war are to be restored after more than 12 years. Funds for the renovation of damaged Hindu temples, in the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts, were distributed to the trustees of the temples at the Navatkuda Cultural Hall in Batticaloa on Saturday (07). At a ceremony presided over by the Director of the Department of Hindu Cultural Affairs, Uma Maheswaran has said every year these allocations are made to temples affected by the conflict for renovation. Rupees 12 million has been set apart  for the renovation of 55 temples in the Batticaloa District, while  Rs 2 million has been earmarked for the reconstruction of 16 temples in the Ampara District. At the […]

NPC member to protest illegal settlements

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Provincial Councillors in the North are set to stage a mass protest, outside the Mullaitivu District Secretariat tomorrow (10), against creating new settlements by bringing outsiders in the Mahaweli development area of the Mullaitivu District. The protest, to create awareness on illegal settlements in the district will commence at 3p.m. tomorrow according to Northern Provincial Councillor T. Raviharan. The Provincial Councillor also said that memorandums urging to stop the illegal settlements in the district would also be handed over to the Mullaitivu District Secretary to be sent to the President and the Prime Minister. He also said that the Northern Provincial Councillors will also visit the areas where the illegal settlements, in the guise of Mahaweli development schemes, are being set up in the Mullaitivu […]

Tamil Pre-school teachers ordered to attend training at Military camp

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The Civil Security Department has ordered teachers working at its pre-school in the Vanni region to attend 20 days of ‘leadership training’ at the Theravil military camp.  Teachers were given military uniform with instruction to arrive at the camp tomorrow dressed in this attire.  “When we joined the pre-schools to work, they assured us that no military training would take place, but now they are ordering us to attend military training under the name of ‘leadership training’,” a pre-school teacher who has been ordered to attend the training told Tamil Guardian, speaking on condition of anonymity.  “If we do not attend the training we will lose our jobs, that’s why we are going to go,” the teacher added, explaining that many of the teachers had […]

ASP, HQI laughingly watched thugs accosting Opposition MPs

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State Minister Ajith P. Perera told Court that he witnessed an Assistant Superintendent of Police and the Headquarters Inspector of the Hambantota Police, standing and laughing while thugs accosted a group of United National Party MPs on a visit to the Hambantota port in 2014. The minister was giving evidence in the case filed in the Hambantota High Court (HC) over criminal intimidation of UNP MPs, then in the Opposition, during a field visit. State Minister Perera told Judge Thamara Tennakoon he feared for his life at the time of the incident which was politically motivated. He said he and the other MPs visited the port and the Mattala airport after obtaining permission from project officials.In evidence led by Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris, the […]

JO MP’s blame the TNA for exposing the abductions and killing by former government.

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 The Nation Deputy Editor Noyahr was abducted and assaulted in late May 2008, an normal act by the Mahinda government which is accused of abducting and killing any one who opposes the Rajapaksha family members and its government through its famous white van culture. JO calls it as execution of military operations by Rajapapaksha government.  The island nation saw abductions and killings of high-profile journalists and rights defenders during the final months of the war that ended with the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009. The previous government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa failed to probe the crimes despite international pressure. Rights groups have blamed the Rajapaksa government for several abductions, assaults and killings of high-profile journalists or editors who were critical of his government and […]