May 2018

Sri Lanka: Abduction Island – The conflict is now over, but …

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Abduction Island | Human Rights | Al Jazeera https://www.aljazeera.com/…/05/sri-lanka-abduction-island-180510041107399.html  1 day ago – Once a weapon of war, abductions are still happening in Sri Lanka. Is there justice for the nation’s disappeared? Sri Lanka: Abduction island | 101 East – YouTube ▶ 26:01 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NahhMUGnkjE&vl=en 23 hours ago – Uploaded by Al Jazeera English Sri Lanka has used abductions as a way to instil fear since the days of civil war. The conflict is now over, but …

120 million had been allocated for the rehabilitation of Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Trincomalee District

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

KANDY – A sum of Rupees 120 million from Sri Dalada Maligawa funds had been allocated for the rehabilitation the Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Trincomalee District, destroyed during the war, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela said on Tuesday (08). Dela said so, at a ceremony to mark the handing over of more than Rs. 30 million to about 40 temples and monasteries in the Trincomalee District in the Divisional Secretariat divisions of Gomarankadawala and Seruwawila on Tuesday (08). Anunayake Theras of Malwatte and Asgiriya most venerable Dimbulkumbure Sri Wimaladhamma and Wendauwe Sri Upali Theras respectively presided over the event at Gomarankadawala Ranpokunugama Vihare and Seruwavila Mangala Maha Vihare. Diyawadana Nilame Dela told the meetings that the project for rehabilitating Damulu temples in the North and East had […]

Beginning of devolution

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne Some Polpotian Marxists repeat ‘This is a new, a new situation, and a new and higher level of struggle left behind by neo liberalism and new priorities corresponded to it. Globally the bourgeois-democratic stage had passed, and with it the formal legal demand for national self-determination – characteristic of this stage – lost its former significance. Hence the slogan ‘overthrow the rule of the bourgeoisie on a world scale and set up the international dictatorship of the proletariat’ became the immediate practical slogan. Therefore, the concentration on national democratic tasks is outdated. This means that national self-determination lost all significance.’ So Polpotian Marxists in Lanka are preparing an immediate red revolution that could replace all democracy slogans with the ‘self-determination of the […]

We need the Accord, we need to ensure that the ‘spirit’ of the Accord is implemented and India must do its duty to ensure the same

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy It is sad that 40 years after it was signed to end the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka and a decade after the conclusion of the ‘ethnic war’, someone still should have to talk about the Rajiv Gandhi -Jayewardene Accord of 1987, whose aim was to end the strife and de-escalate the war for good. What instead the nation and the neighbourhood witnessed was an unstoppable, no-holds-barred LTTE war. “Our journey continues, we need the Accord, we need to ensure that the ‘spirit’ of the Accord is implemented and India must do its duty to ensure the same. It is India’s duty and India cannot get away from that duty,” The Hindu quoted Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R […]

New Delhi is NOT going to exert much pressure on Colombo with regard to the implementation of the 13th Amendment

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

A perspective on the recently launched Or Inapprachinaiyum Or Oppandhamum (An Ethnic Conflict and An Accord) by journalist T. Ramakrishnan, former correspondent in Colombo for The Hindu newspaper The much-maligned Indo-Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 is back in public focus, courtesy T. Ramakrishnan’s book Or Inapprachinaiyum Or Oppandhamum (An Ethnic Conflict and An Accord), introduced at an event at the Colombo Tamil Sangam, recently. Ramakrishnan, a senior Indian journalist and an associate editor of the The Hindu, had engagements in Kandy and Jaffna promoting his book before the Colombo event. In the run-up to the event, some journalists asked this writer whether there was any interest among the Sri Lankans about the Accord at all. The answer was pretty much in evidence at the Tamil […]

Sinhale Train attendant on Colombo-Jaffna train sexually and verbally harassed a Tamil woman but NO action will be taken against him.

9th May 2018 // 0 Comments

http://www.tamilguardian.com/content/sri-lankan-train-attendant-accused-harassment-arrested-after-social-media-pressure-released shalin on Twitter: “Train attendant on Colombo-Jaffna train I was on … ▶ https://twitter.com/uthayashalin/status/993460135488995328 2 days ago Train attendant on Colombo–Jaffna train I was on today, sexually and verbally harassed a Tamil woman … Being born a Tamil is considered a crime in Sri Lanka. — Mr.பழுவேட்டரையர் (@mrpaluvets) May 8, 2018 Namal Rajapaksa wants Action Taken Against Railway Employee Allegedly responsible for racist and Sexual Harassment of Tamil Woman on Colombo-Jaffna Train. Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday condemned the alleged harassment of a Tamil woman on a Colombo-Jaffna train by a train attendant on Tuesday. He called for necessary action. The incident which had been recorded by a person on the train was widely circulated in social media. The individual who had recorded the video tweeted: “Train attendant on Colombo-Jaffna train I was […]

Seven Nigerian confidence tricksters arrested in Sri Lanka

8th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Seven Nigerians have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for cheating Sri Lankans out of large sums of money. The CID had arrested the group on Friday (May 4) in the Hikkaduwa police area, a senior police spokesperson told The Island. Sri Lankans had parted with large amounts of money with one woman losing Rs. 9 mn to a Nigerian conman. The Nigerians had got in touch with Sri Lankans through the Internet, offered them valuable gifts such as gold jewellery, diamonds etc. The official said that the gullible Sri Lankans had subsequently opened bank accounts under their names and handed them over to the Nigerians along with debit cards. The Nigerians had basically enticed Sri Lankans to deposit large […]

Building of NEW Buddhist temples in North and East by Government

8th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Racist Sinhale Buddhist party the National Freedom Front (NFF) today condemned the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) alleged attempt to halt the construction of NEW Buddhist temples by government in the Northern and Eastern regions where Tamils live who are Hindus, Muslims or Christians. Racist Sinhale Buddhist party NFF National Organizer MP Jayantha Samaraweera said according to media reports the TNA had informed the Unity Government that it completely opposed the construction of NEW Buddhist temples in the Northern and Eastern areas. MP Samaraweera said TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran had stating to a national newspaper, had vowed that he would never allow constructing NEW Buddhist temples and had backed this issue from 2011. He said the NFF strongly condemned MP Sumanthiran’s racist statement. Sri Lanka had seen Sinhale racist […]

Jokers as politicians and political clowns

8th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The mighty deed, they say, has at last been done. The Great Reshuffle is complete. The world saw, turned on its side and sighed, and returned to sleep, tired of Sri Lankan gimmickry. I remember an old Latin saying which, in English, went something like this — the mountains are in labour and the result is a ridiculous mouse. Since the earth shattering shake-up initiated by the two main prongs of the yahapalana government last week even the mice, ridiculous or not, have gone into hiding. Mahinda Rajapaksa, never short of a joke or two, seems to think that the very mention of Field Marshal Fonseka as Minister of Wildlife has driven rodents and bigger beasts into forest cover though why that should happen he […]

This is how the masterminds of 100 million rupee bribe were caught!

5th May 2018 // 0 Comments

This is how the masterminds of 100 million rupee bribe were caught! Dr.I.K. Mahanama, the President’s Chief of Staff, along with P. Dissanayake, the Chairman of Timber Corporation, were arrested yesterday (03) by the officers of Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption, when they were accepting a bribe. They have been caught in the act of accepting 20 million rupee, as the advance payment of a total of 100 million rupee.  The following is the true story behind this incident of bribery and of the mission to catch it. The story is revolved around the Kantale sugar factory. The history of this story goes back to the time when I.K. Mahanama served as the Secretary of the Lands and Parliamentary Reforms. Although a […]

Endangered national parties

5th May 2018 // 0 Comments

by Sugeeswara Senadhira The two national political parties − United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) − ruled the country for the last seven decades either as individual parties or giving leadership to combined fronts or jointly as seen in the last three years, are faced with internal crisis of unprecedented nature today. The crisis in UNP began with the renewal of the demand, for a change of leadership. However, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe succeeded in defusing the situation, at least for the time being, by offering a restructuring package. While Wickremesinghe remains the Leader and Sajith Premadasa and Ravi Karunanayake as Deputy Leader and Assistant Leader respectively, the other key office-bearers were changed. Wickremesinghe loyalist Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was named General […]

By 2019 Sri Lanka will be in a position to offer aid to Singapore and India

5th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Mano Ratwatte  Mano Ratwatte Sri Lanka underwent a Cabinet reshuffle. Without a doubt, this will lead to dynamic growth hitherto unseen since the peaceful revolution of 2015.  By 2019 Sri Lanka will be in a position to offer aid to Singapore and India; the economy will grow at a fantastic rate from now onwards and corruption will be non-existent in the near future. For those who like contrasting numbers here are some factoids(only for those who like numbers) US population is 325.7 Million. Its Federal Government Cabinet consists of the Vice President and  The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, […]

Abolishing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution

4th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Monks who participated in a conference organized by the National Organizations Front yesterday (3) said they were opposed to the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which aims to abolish the Executive Presidency, as it could pose a threat to the sovereignty of the country. Submitting the 20th Amendment, as a Private Member Bill, is a plan of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). A few Parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition (JO), including Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also said that they would support the Bill conditionally. The condition they proposed to the JVP was that if the Bill gets passed, the Parliament should also be dissolved on the very same it is passed. The JVP responding to that said they were open for discussions with […]

Keeping Time On World Press Freedom Day

4th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka ranks 131 on the Reporters Without Borders 2018 World Press Freedom Index, an improvement of 10 points in the space of a year. The reason for this may be the line of red zeros within the country report – no journalists, citizen journalists or media assistants were killed in Sri Lanka 2018. However, as the Index notes, many of the investigations into killings in the past have gone unpunished. The world has already begun to forget. In 2016, Sri Lanka dropped off the Committee to Protect Journalist’s Impunity Index for the first time. Yet, answers for past killings and abductions have not been forthcoming. April 28, 2018 marks 13 years since Dharmaretnam (alias “Taraki”) Sivaram was abducted. Journalists in the North and East staged protests, highlighting the continued […]

SL President’s secretary threatens Jaffna University against May 18 Remembrance statue

4th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Kalupage Austin Fernando, the secretary to SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, has threatened the Jaffna University administration and the student community not to embarrass the SL President by proceeding with their plan of launching a memorial statue within the premises of the University of Jaffna in remembrance of Eezham Tamils who perished in the genocidal war in 2009. A highly placed source at the administration of the University of Jaffna told TamilNet that Mr Fernando as threatening the university community in a teleconference meeting at the presence of Vice-Chancellor Professor R. Vigneswaran. Austin Fernando, who maintains a close rapport with the Sinhala Buddhist Establishment and Dayaka of several Buddhist temples, is also well connected to foreign Powers influencing the affairs of the genocidal State in Colombo. Full story >> […]

Journalists in Sri Lanka still cannot report on wartime atrocities – Press Freedom Index for 2018 : SriLanka 131 out of 180 countries

3rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

INDEXES on press freedom indicate that Sri Lanka’s media has become freer since the National Unity Government took office in January 2015. However, the reality on the ground with journalists threatened with counterterrorism laws, editors forced to practice self-censorship and near-continuous surveillance, paints another picture.  Although the operating environment for journalists in 2018 is far safer than when Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009, the mere absence of death and disappearance of journalists is but the lowest denominator of a free media. A more meaningful way to gauge progress of media freedom might then be to see how far (if at all) the atmosphere of violence and intimidation, which prevailed until mid-2009 – the height of the armed conflict – still remains. In July 2009 […]

Colombo is British peoples third popular destination

3rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo is the third most popular non-European destinations for Brits followed by New York and Orlando respectively, the UK’s Daily Mail reported quoting an analysis conducted by the search site Kayak.co.uk. However, the analysis hadn’t included actual bookings, Daily Mail said. Kayak.co.uk travel expert Neil Cartwright has said internationally, there has been a huge shift towards the Indian Subcontinent as well as Africa. “And we couldn’t have predicted a few years ago that Sri Lanka would become Brits’ third most popular international destination overall. This might also suggest that Brits are looking for alternatives to the summer classics and are searching out more exotic destinations that they haven’t visited before. Unfortunately, the USA is the country to be missing out the most. Demand has been falling for a few years now and overall, we are seeing year-on- year declines of around a […]

Who is protecting Rajapaksha’s?, Maithiri or Ranil and Why?

3rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

We have talked about so many burning issues including the ones of UDAYANGA, MAHENDRAN and JALIYA, but we haven’t seen a single brought to conclusion. Either we await action from INTERPOL or our own sleuths. Going back on the local scenario, what happened with the findings on THAJUDEEN, LASANTHA, AVANT GARDE, ALOYSIUS, PALIASENA et al? We continuously seem to be waiting and waiting, not concluding anything. WHY SUCH INORDINATE DELAYS IN IMPLEMENTING THE LAW? What is happening to the Cabinet is that its members are unable to find themselves or what they want. The postponements go on and on while pistol-wielding folks are being brought back to power. What a fantastic state of affairs the country is in! In the meantime, our President says Cabinet […]

NEW Cabinet reshuffle of unity Government takes place, most Ministers retained

1st May 2018 // 0 Comments

The cabinet reshuffle of the unity Government took place today with President Maithripala Sirisena handing over the appointment letters.  Minister Gayantha Karunatillake told reporters that some Ministers continue to hold their previous portfolios while a few Ministers got fresh appointment letters as they were given additional responsibilities. The additional responsibilities includes the Ministries earlier held by 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers who had resigned from their posts. In all 18 Ministers got fresh appointment letters today from President Maithripala Sirisena.  The cabinet reshuffle saw the appointment of Lakshman Kiriella as the Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development, Thalatha Athukorala the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Faiszer Musthapha the Minister of Sports, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, P. Harrison Minister of Social Empowerment, Sarath […]

TNA ready to support 20A if…

1st May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, if a permanent solution to the ethnic problem is also proposed, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran says. Sumanthiran has said so, in a media statement, on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, proposed by the JVP, seeking the abolition of the executive presidency. Sumanthiran said: “We support the abolishing of the executive presidency. This system was introduced in 1978 and ever since it has lead to a lot of problems. In 2015, President Sirisena promised to scrap the post. Just like this the ethnic problem has created issues in Sri Lanka. A lot of people have died because of this. So equal attention should be paid to solving this as well.

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