June 2018

UN Committee lists missing Lankan among cases for urgent action

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

A UN Committee has listed a missing Sri Lankan among cases which require urgent action. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has listed Gopalakrishan Kugachelvam in a list of 500 missing persons which requires urgent action. The Committee published the list of names of the disappeared persons with regard to whom the Committee has requested the State party concerned to take all the necessary measures, including interim measures, to locate and protect them, in application of article 30 of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance. “Each Urgent action represents a disappeared person whose family, relatives and friends are suffering every minute of their life by having no idea as to that person’s fate and whereabouts,” said Suela Janina, Chair […]

US quitting UNHRC is beneficial for Sri Lanka

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The United States on Wednesday (20), made a surprise move by removing itself from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) alleging that the international body was acting against Israel with regard to the conflict with Palestine. The UNHRC has been a hot topic in Sri Lanka since 2009, and after allegations of human rights violations and war crimes gained momentum internationally. Sri Lanka’s relationship with the UN has not been rosy ever since these allegations took centre stage in March each year during the UN Human Rights Council sessions. The manner in which Sri Lanka’s previous regime handled the situation in the international arena also did not go down well with the UN. However, things changed when the new Government took over. In fact, […]

14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations No. 01 of 2012 has been made through a gazette issued by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Kapila Waidyaratne. Among the individuals included to the list are LTTE intelligence leaders ‘Seel Maran’, ‘Parathan’ and ‘Siranjeew Master’ as well as the terrorist organization’s international financial leader Sivasubramaniyam Jeyaganesh a.k.a Ganesh. Inclusions to list of designated persons: 1. Nadaraja Sathyaseelan a.k.a Seel Maran 2. Kamalasinham Arunakulasinham a.k.a Kamal 3. Antonyrasa Antony Calistor a.k.a Parathan 4. Sivasubramaniyam […]

If Gota is going to be President, God help this country!

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

Judges of this country should be bold and be able to do justice                                   Wickremesinghe is grooming Sajith, Ravi, Akila, Harin, Sagala and me for the UNP Leadership                                                                                                                            If he doesn’t allow young leaders to come up, things won’t be favourable for him      UNP isn’t all about […]

Hold referendum on Sinhala-Tamil coexistence: Sritharan

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The government should hold a referendum to determine whether the Sinhalese and the Tamils were willing to coexist with each other, TNA MP Sivagnanam Sritharan told Parliament yesterday. He said the government had not considered the needs of the Northern people and claimed that a sports stadium constructed in Kilinochchi during the previous regime was being held by the army. The MP said the then Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had profited from the construction of the stadium. Mr. Aluthgamage rejected this allegation and said the TNA MP was up to mischief. Meanwhile, State Minister Harsha De Silva criticized MP Sritharan for still clinging on to extremist ideologies. “The pre-hospital ambulance service has helped the people in the North but you didn’t even have the courtesy […]

Sinhala Buddhist state with a ‘Hitler and military rule’ + Tamil Eelam

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka “If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.” — Voltaire I was more alarmed by what I saw and heard on TV news last evening than by anything I have seen or heard in the Sri Lankan media throughout my life. What I saw and heard was the most dangerous and morally debased public statement, i.e. a statement made in public and concerning public, not private affairs, I have ever heard uttered in this country. It would be the most dangerous public statement that could be uttered in any country in the world. While it was on TV news on two channels, I need to reproduce fairly, what happened. This is how Lanka C news, a website sympathetic to the occasion, filed […]

Top Buddhist monk asks Sri Lanka’s ex-defence chief Gothapaya Rajapakshe to return as ‘Hitler’ and establish Military Rule

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – A top Buddhist monk has asked Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become another “ Hitler” who is known to have killed up to six million Jews in the Holocaust. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Venduruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by encouraging him to return to power and “rebuild the country” even if it means establishing military rule. The monk, delivering a sermon at the private home of Rajapaksa, prayed that the youngest among the Rajapaksa siblings should be the next leader of Sri Lanka as the country needed a “Sinhala Buddhist leader.” “As the clergy, we feel the country needs a religious leader… Some people have described you as a Hitler,” the venerable monk […]

Sinhalese irregularly settled in Mullaitivu

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Arthur Wamanan The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appointed a four-member committee to draft a report on alleged instances of irregular settlements in Mullaitivu and has sought an urgent meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena, before the end of this month, to submit the report. General Secretary of the TNA, Mavai Senathirajah, speaking to Ceylon Today, said that the TNA has planned to request for a meeting with the President before 30 June to hand over the report and discuss matters pertaining to the issue. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by TNA Parliamentary Group Leader and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan on 19 June in Colombo. The meeting also saw the participation of academics and experts in land surveying. “The committee […]

STOP PAYING TAXES SAYS WIMAL

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

The joint opposition said today people should stop paying taxes to the government, if it continues with its move to pay compensation to ex-LTTE combatants. JO member and MP Wimal Weerawansa told a news conference that no country in the world had ever paid compensation to ex-terrorists unlike what Sri Lanka was attempting to do and added that such moves would not contribute towards reconciliation. He said the government was hoping to pay compensation to ex-LTTE combatants by using tax payers money saying Sri Lanka will be the first in the world to pay compensation to terrorists. “The compensation will not be paid by using the money of government bigwigs. Compensation has still not been paid to the victims of the Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy […]

US repeating Lanka’s allegations against UNHRC

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Having had brazenly used the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt an anti-Sri Lanka Resolution in Oct 2015 on the basis of unsubstantiated war crimes allegations, the US has endorsed what we have been saying with regard to the inherent bias and lack of objectivity on the part of the UN agency, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris says. Responding to a query by The Island, Prof. Peiris, yesterday, alleged that the Geneva body always treated Sri Lanka with preconceived notions and shuts its eyes to compelling evidence contrary to the conclusions which they wished to reach. Prof. Peiris pointed out that US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley was quoted in the international media as having […]

Northern education system gets bad report

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) led by Joseph Stalin early this week alleged that the Northern Education System is highly politicized and there is large-scale misuse of power. The Union has now taken up the issue with Northern Governor Reginold Cooray who had promised to call up Provincial Education Ministry officials on 26 June for an explanation regarding the allegations. Ministerial level representatives as well as CTU will be present at this meeting. In a statement released early this week, CTU’s General Secretary Stalin pointed out that education in the North has been highly politicized with politicians and those holding responsible positions in the Education sector ruining the system. “Politicians and education directors are acting against rules and regulations and thereby ruining the administrative system of […]

Stop Gotabaya-Rex!

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Choice of candidate a significant factor in defeating Gotabaya Kumar David Gotabaya’s candidature for the presidency has been announced with much fanfare. All the backward forces of Sri Lankan society gathered at a great event organised by an elitist-chauvinist outfit called Viyathmaga in a resplendent hall to greet their new champion. Narrow nationalists and Sinhala chauvinists were there; leaders of the Joint Opposition attended; a sprinkling of the Dead Left deserted geriatric beds to put in a showing. Vasudeva did not attend but tied himself in knots saying one thing and then another according to the Daily Financial Times; goodly numbers of businessmen salivating for spoils were there. Understandably some fed up with Ranil’s pluperfect incompetence, stunned by Sirisena’s treachery and mystified by the venality […]

Missed opportunities

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sanjana Hattotuwa I was around 25 when the ceasefire agreement by the United National Front government, with Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM, was freshly inked. Some of the most visible checkpoints in Colombo, for the first time in my life, were removed. I was part of a group of journalists who were the first to go up North on the newly re-opened A9, to meet with the LTTE; journalists in the North – including some of the first on the ground to use digital video and photography to document inconvenient truths – as well as activists in the region. Our minibus was regularly checked by young boys, facial hair just barely evident, cocking T-56s, and absolutely fascinated with the workings of the CD player. I remember […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa pushed up SL’s debt to Rs. 7,391bn

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The new bridge that was opened by the premier. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who created a world record through unfettered borrowings, should tell the country how he proposes to make his claim to reduce taxes by 20% a reality, if he is returned to power. During the Rajapaksa era, Sri Lanka’s debt burden zoomed to Rs. 7,391 billion, which meant a ‘record’ of pushing up the country’s borrowings three-fold, he noted. “Now the people have to repay this enormous debt”. The premier was addressing a meeting after opening the new Ranwala, Aswatte bridge on Friday. In 2005, when Sri Lanka celebrated her 58th year of independence, the country’s debt was Rs. 222 billion. After that Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected […]

President requests Britain to arrest or deport editor of LankaeNews

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday requested Britain to have London-based LankaeNews Editor Pradeep Sandaruwan Senadheera arrested or sent back to Sri Lanka. He made the request during a 30-minute a meeting with British High Commissioner James Dauris whom he summoned to his Paget Road residence. Among those present at the discussion were the President’s Coordinating Secretary Shiral Lakthilaka and Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne . The website has been blocked since November last year by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), headed by Presidential Secretary Austin Fernando. The ban was imposed after the website published articles critical of Mr Sirisena. Information obtained under the Right to Information Act by the website Groundviews revealed that the President’s office issued a letter to the TRCSL Director General […]

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore the Tamil Nationality Question and/or Omit Proposing a Solution.

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore the Tamil Nationality Question and/or Omit Proposing a Solution. The foreign policy component of the Viyathmaga sessions completely-omitted the main challenges: how do we successfully combat – not merely decry and denounce – the threat of universal jurisdiction and unilateral sanctions? How do we reverse the diminution of our “soft power”? Sri Lanka’s international relations cannot be insulated from Sri Lanka’s nationalities question. The Tamil question was globalised decades ago and is now more globalised than ever. No serious discussion on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy can ignore this problem and omit the political solution we propose, which is vital in managing our relations with India — without which we lose international space and are strategically-vulnerable. In 2015, Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka’s oldest Italian Fiat car in Jaffna

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By. N. Parameswaram, Jaffna correspondent JAFFNA: What an opportunity- the chance to own Sri Lanka’s oldest Italian Fiat car in Jaffna – and that too, one that is only functional, old Italian car. Sixty-year old Kumarasamy Ravichandran, a resident of No. 906/12 Point Pedro Road, Jaffna, is the owner of this car. K.Ravichandran and the Fiat Car Mr. Ravichandran says the car has manual horn and lights and still in running condition. It has two engines, two gear boxes and two differentials. This car was made on 1926 and first purchased in 1932 by the first owner from Colonial Motors; He purchased the car in 1990 for Rs.225,000. This is the only car with “A” serial number in Sri Lanka, he said. The car’s hood […]

Mahinda govt. took USD 20 million as commissions from N’cholai contractor – Who will save them PM Ranil or President Maithiri?

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith More than USD 20 million had been obtained as commissions from foreign companies involved in the constructing of Norochcholai Power plant by the leaders of the former government, Power and Renewable Energy State Minister Ajith P. Perera told Parliament yesterday. State Minister Perera said evidence had surfaced from international investigations into certain irregularities involving the power plant, he said. The State Minister claimed that there had been no irregularities recorded in the 11 tenders awarded by the present government for supplying coal to the CEB. Answering a question from UNP MP Nalin Bandara with regard to a company named Nobel Resource Limited which was involved in supplying coal to CEB, State Minister Perera said that USD 366.353 mn had been paid to […]

TNA deserves a positive response

5th June 2018 // 0 Comments

by N Sathiya Moorthy In a recent interview to a Tamil newspaper, M A Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian and international spokesman, has made an offer that sections of the Sinhala polity truly desirous of a political solution to the ‘ethnic issue’ cannot resist. Unless the idea of a new Constitution is to use the omnibus content to deny the Tamils their due post-war, the ruling UNP-SLFP duo should take the TNA ‘offer’ seriously and act accordingly. Going by the interview, Sumanthiran’s exposition is very much a part of the continuing proceedings of the Constituent Assembly. Though not being made for the first time, there has not been any favourable, or not-so-favourable reaction from any section of the majority/majoritarian Sinhala polity, to the TNA proposal when first […]

Tamil CM Wiggy’s ‘cold war’ with Sri Lanka’s PM Ranil!

5th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe travelled to Jaffna last week and when the Sri Lanka Air Force VIP helicopter touched down at the Jaffna Municipal Council grounds, he was received by one of the leading business magnates in Jaffna T. Thuvarakeswaran who is the brother of the late UNP Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran and the brother in law of State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe descended from the SLAF chopper amidst heavy showers and tight security, to once the location of the Jaffna Municipal Council, where stood a building very much similar to the Jaffna Public Library building in architecture. However, the LTTE demolished the majestic Jaffna Municipal Council building, which even housed a cinema, by detonating dynamites, when there were moves by the […]

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