August 2018

Abduction of 11 Tamil youths Twists and turns in the investigations

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Following the statements made in open courts by the defence counsels Shavendra Fernando PC and Attorney-at-Law Asitha Siriwardena, against the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), when the magisterial inquiry into the abduction of 11 Tamil youth in 2008 was taken up two weeks ago, blaming the latter for not naming certain tangible suspects in the B reports submitted in courts while naming those who were not involved, the CID has once again come under severe criticism for their continued failure to obtain a statement from Navy Intelligence Officer Lt. Commander Sedililage Don Sumedha Sampath Dayananda, who is one of the main suspects wanted for the abduction of two Tamil youths from Wattala in 2009, for ransom Speculation is now rife as to why, though vital evidence have surfaced regarding the […]

”TNA should not support any development activity conducted by the government until a political solution is given to the ethnic issue” says CM Wigneswaren but TNA rejects

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Thursday turned down Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s request to boycott the meeting of the Presidential Special Task Force on Northern Development which is scheduled to be held on August 27. TNA Parliamentarians at a meeting held at the Opposition Leader’s office under the patronage of TNA leader R. Sampanthan on Thursday insisted that they should participate in this meeting to ensure development of the Northern Province. They were of the view that development activities should continue in the North which was badly battered by the 30-year protracted war. These Parliamentarians stressed the importance of participating in this Task Force meeting to find solutions to the burning issues of the Tamil people, that included releasing their lands occupied […]

Which Rajapaksa in 2020 – Mahinda contesting bogey to end JO ‘candidate crisis’?

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

In a desperate bid to stop speculation about its search for presidential nominees, the SLPP seems to be throwing its standard-bearer into the fray, hoping it will make all other contenders pipe-down It came like a bolt from the blue. All of a sudden, the concerted preoccupation of the Rajapaksa proxy Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and Joint Opposition camp is to push the theory that the former President, twice elected and once defeated in presidential elections over a decade, can contest a fourth time in 2019. It has been three years since the 19th Amendment was enacted, restoring term limits on the executive presidency. In all this time, the JO, whose members voted overwhelmingly in favour of enacting the 19A, never contested the 1978 […]

Drought in Kilinochchi brings misery to thousands

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

A population of about 82,000 people representing 24,100 families in the Kilinochchi District have been affected by the drought prevailing in the area. A senior official of the District Disaster Management Centre said the people of Kilinochchi, Kandawalai. Pachilipalai, Karachchi and Poonaryn divisions were the worst affected. He said all garden wells had run dry creating hardships for the people for want of drinking water. Meanwhile farmers pointed out that all tanks and canals in Kilinochchi, Dharmapuram, Puliyanpokkanai and Kallaru areas had run dry and the cattle and other animals were dying as a result. They said the wild elephant roaming into the villages in search of water were destroying paddyfields and home garden crops. The farmers said their cultivations would be ruined and crop […]

Coalition partners in unusual embrace over pending PC polls

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

High-level Sirisena, Wickremesinghe delegations meet to work out strategy, but cloud of uncertainty over their political agendas Govt. to go full steam ahead with Grama Shakthi and Gamperaliya development programmes Every ministry to showcase its achievement in bid to counter big ‘JO’ protest on September 5 Thrusting forward despite the growing rift, fears of crippling strikes or protests, a sudden spurt in prices of consumer goods amidst other woes, this week saw the ruling coalition partners in an unusual embrace over pending Provincial Council elections. The two sides – leaders of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – decided Thursday night that they should go ahead with the polls early next year. Despite the firm decision, there were still […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-Chief Justice may have violated constitution

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva may have openly violated constitution by presenting himself as legal counsel for ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa who was questioned by police in connection with the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr. Official sources noted that the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate that Silva was present as part of the legal team of Rajapaksa when he was questioned at his Wijerama Mawatha home on August 17. Article 110 (3) expressly prohibits retired judges of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal from engaging in any form of legal practice. Silva is said to be in breach of this provision when he was present and interjected during Rajapaksa’s questioning. “No person who has held office as […]

Priyanka And I Weren’t Happy About LTTE Chief’s Death: Rahul Gandhi

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

“I told my sister Priyanka that I’m not happy,” Rahul Gandhi said on LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s death HAMBURG, GERMANY:  HIGHLIGHTS Rahul Gandhi said he has lost two members of his family to violence I wasn’t happy because I saw myself in his(Prabhakaran’s) children Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber of the LTTE in 1991 Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after the terror group LTTE’s chief Prabhakaran, who ordered the assassination of his father Rajiv Gandhi, was killed, as they felt “the violence inflicted upon him had impacted others, including his children”. The Congress chief said he has lost two members of his family to violence. “My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my […]

Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

India’s ruling BJP party senior member Dr Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana today. Rajapaksa tweeted saying he was invited by Swamy to speak at an event in New Delhi. “It was a hugely enjoyable trip to South Sri Lanka to meet Fmr SL President Sri Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. He is a man to be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terror and incidentally also soothe India’s hurt feelings due to Rajiv’a assassination by LTTE,” Swamy said. He added that while in Colombo he had a chance meet with former Maldives President Naseed. “He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We […]

Rajapakshe Government was behind the Abductions, Torture and killing of Journalists.

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Like Duminda And Ravi – Cannot Remember By Suranimala Umagiliya – Keith Noyahr, the journalist from the now defunct Nation newspaper was abducted, tortured and assaulted on the 22nd of May 2008, when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in office. It is now evident through reports to Court and the media that Keith was released by his abductors after then Minister in Rajapaksha government Karu Jayasuriya telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa around 11.30pm on that fateful day, having heard from Lalith Allahakkoon, Editor of the Nation newspaper of the abduction. Strike one for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for initiating the release of Keith Noyahr, who may well have been murdered. But that is not how events should have unfolded. The sordid drama that is best served with a prosecution […]

After 70 years of independence – Tamils urged to join the Police force in the North and East.

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

After 70 years of independence from British rule the Sri Lankan Government today urged Tamils to join the Police force in the North and East. The Police and Military have been dominated of 99% of Sinhalese from South to date. Tamils were marginalised and were not requited to join the forces since the Independence in 1948. For the first time in Sri Lanka a Sinhala Minister of Law and Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Parliament that the Police would like to have more Tamils in the Police force.  He urged Tamils politicians to encourage Tamils to join the Police. Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda said that some Tamils have already submitted applications to join the Police in the North but their applications were not considered simply […]

What do ‘Human Rights’ mean for Sinhala politicians in the South..?

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 20.Aug.2018, 5.45AM) ‘Human rights’ may be a new phenomenon for many Sinhala Buddhists – SB and for some Tamils including a few members of the diaspora. I have seen many participants in UN human rights forums in Geneva without any basic knowledge of human rights. But to the outside world, they claim to be human rights activists and defenders. This crowd never wanted to educate themselves in human rights nor grasp a wider knowledge by listening to experts and lectures of scholars. Since the independence of then Ceylon/Sri Lanka and the birth of UN human rights mechanisms, the SB, especially thugs blessed by politicians in the South and the Buddhist clergy, started to violate human rights by physically attacking innocent Tamil […]

MR and prime witnesses suffering from ‘amnesia’..! -Judge orders CID to investigate the motive to hide evidence !!

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 22.Aug.2018, 11.30PM) The CID when reporting in connection with the abduction and cruel torture inflicted on Nation newspaper former deputy editor Keith Leroy Noyahr informed Mt. Lavinia court on the 20 th that the prime suspects including Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) are seemingly ailing from amnesia . The CID informed Mt. Lavinia additional magistrate Ms. Lochana Abeywickrema in open court that witness ex president Mahinda Rajapakse was sticking to the only answer ‘ I do not remember’ when he was interrogated , and therefore there is a need to probe into why there is a motive to suppress evidence. The additional magistrate thereupon ordered the CID to focus on and investigate why the prime witnesses are taking the ‘ I do not […]

Mahinda to seek a third term!

22nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris will soon move the District Court, seeking a clarification as regards President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eligibility to contest the 2019 presidential election. Prof. Peiris revealed his party’s plan, yesterday, at a media briefing at the Nelum Mawatha Office of former President Rajapaksa. Former External Affairs Minister Peiris said in terms of the Article 125 of the Constitution, the District Court could refer the matter to the Supreme Court for a ruling. According to him, the Supreme Court will have to make its ruling known to the District Court within two months. Even GL Peries who realised that Mahinda will not appoint him has the next presidential candidate  of the JO given up his hope and wants Mahinda […]

Northern Chief Minister tells his officers to have Tamil on top

22nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran has instructed local government institutions in the North to give foremost place to the Tamil language on name boards as per the Sri Lankan constitution. They should have Tamil on top, Sinhala and English below it to help tourists. Wigneswaran gave this order at a meeting with a group of officials attached to the Northern Provincial Council on Saturday (18). The Chief Minister said that most name boards displaying street and area names in Jaffna had Sinhalised names on them. “This has taken place due to the influence of Buddhist monks and security forces. For example there is the name ‘Nagadeepa’ on many boards here. But there is no ‘Nagadeepa’ in Jaffna, there is only Nainativu here,” he told […]

Sihala Ravaya urges IGP to recover ‘5,000 weapons in hands of Ministers’

21st August 2018 // 0 Comments

The General Secretary of Sihala Ravaya Ven Magalkande Sudaththa Thera yesterday submitted a memorandum to IGP Pujith Jayasundara, demanding an investigation into a recent statement by a group of rehabilitated LTTE cadres that two ministers had amassed around 5,000 firearms that had earlier been used by the LTTE. Ven. Sudaththa Thera, in his memorandum, has said that a group of rehabilitated LTTE cadres, during a press conference held on Aug 18, in Colombo, had stated that around 5,000 weapons of Tiger cadres who went abroad had been acquired by the two ministers who had told their supporters that they would use those weapons to demolish the Hindu Temples in the East and build Mosques on those places. The General Secretary of Sihala Ravaya Ven […]

Colombo schemes Sinhala-Buddhicisation of Tamil heritage site in Vavuniyaa North

21st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo schemes Sinhala-Buddhicisation of Tamil heritage site in Vavuniyaa North [Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 21:33 GMT] The occupying unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has prohibited Eezham Tamils at Oldu-madu village in Vavuniyaa North from accessing 157-meter-high hill called Vedukku-naa’ri. The issue became a hot topic on 10 August, a day before the annual religious ritual of Aadi Amaavaasai (the new moon of the Tamil month July-August) observed in remembrance of the ancestors by the Saivites (Hindus). The SL Police blocked the Poosaari (non-Brahmin priest) of the village-deity, based on a complaint made by the SL Archaeology Department on 07 August. The SL Police has instructed Poosari and the villagers to keep away from the hilltop. Only after the repeated pleas, they were allowed to […]

New Buddhist temples to be built in Kilinochchi soon after the dissolution of Northern Provincial Council later this year.

21st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Sinhala-Buddhist temple opened to ‘celebrate’ genocide at Mu’l’livaaykkaal [TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 May 2012, 00:33 GMT] Coinciding the third anniversary of Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocide, a secretly built Sinhala-Buddhist stupa was inaugurated at Vaddu-vaakal, the entrance to the Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocidal strip of land in Mullaiththeevu. As the Tamil public is yet to be allowed into the stretch of land, the building of the stupa at the genocidal site went unnoticed until its inauguration. Two weeks ago, Colombo opened a coastal road built by Chinese, linking Mu’l’livaaukkaal with Kokku’laay and Pulmoaddai where Sinhala colonisation takes place in high speed. Mu’l’livaaykkaal has already become a ‘tourist’ place for the Sinhalese from the South. While the ‘tourists’ and the Sinhala colonists using the new road are permitted to roam in the […]

War-affected women with disabilities cry for recognition

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments By Shanika Sriyananda The LTTE cadres were at their doorstep that night, to recruit one member from the family to fight against the on-going military thrust that was progressing rapidly towards Mullaitivu in 2008. They were eyeing to drag Devi Selvaraja’s (not her real name) elder sister’s husband, the sole breadwinner of the family, for combat training. Single and wanting to save the family with two young children, she had no option other than joining the LTTE.  She travelled to Mullaitivu during the ceasefire to bring her sister’s family to Puttalam, where she was living with her parents. Unfortunately, with the LTTE’s sudden travel ban, she got stuck at her sister’s house in Kepapilavu, Mullaitivu. Devi, who was a garment factory worker in Puttalam, […]

Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges in a post-war and post-conflict environment 20 June 2013 Speakers: Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu; Asanga Welikala; Uvindu Kurukulasuriya  Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre for the study of Human Rights, London School of Economics Audio recording (you may have to scroll down a bit once you get there)  Sri Lanka’s civil war, which spanned more than a quarter of a century, ended in 2009. With more than 100,000 war casualties and one million refugees, it represented one of Asia’s most violent, destructive and intractable conflicts. Four years since active military hostilities ended, there has been no progress towards constitutional and political reforms addressing the problems of pluralism and democracy that lay at the heart of the conflict, nor a […]

Penneys to “walk the talk” to raise funds to provide engine boats & nets to fishing families affected by the war in the North and East

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Dear friend, I am sure you would remember the email I sent you on the above matter. Mr & Mrs Penney will be walking 55km on 25th August to raise funds to assist the IDP fishing families in the north and east of Sri Lanka to restart their lives after many years of displacement. They have almost reached 50% of their target of donating 10 boats (£14,000). You can click the link of their fund raising page below and can see from the list of donors the majority donated so far has been from their friends and family, and a handful of Tamil diaspora. Although the Penneys have no direct connection to the victims of war in the north and east of Sri Lanka, they are undertaking this painful […]

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