September 2018

Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

[On Sept 21, 2017, the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly presented its report on the new constitution to Parliament proposing the devolution of power within a unitary state. This proposal is far short of what the Tamils have asked for. The question is: will the proposals be a step towards resolving the national question, or simply be an enabler to repeat the grievances which led the country to 30 years of civil war?] Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?] – By JS Tissainayagam | 4th October 2017 through Asian Correspondent. Following is part of the presentation by Wikipedia about Mr Tissainayagam who was detained by the detained by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan Police in 2008 and […]

GTF had lost confidence in Mr. Sirisena for reneging on the assurances he had given it.

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena’s left yesterday for New York to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a move which has become the focal point of attention for Colombo-based diplomats, Tamil diaspora and even larger sections of the Government. Unlike his previous visits every year, it comes in the backdrop of moves by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The President, who thwarted the arrest on the grounds that senior military officers were being held for long periods in remand prisons without charges, declared he would make proposals in this regard to the UN. He, however, did not elaborate. Now, Admiral Wijegunaratne who returned to Sri Lanka from Mexico on Wednesday will only make a statement […]

Racism continued on Tamils from Mahinda to Maithiri.

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

* Up to 7 year’s detention without charge being filed * Up to 13 years detention without completion of trials * 46 against whom charges have been framed without their cases being concluded – with 16 of them being in detention for 10-13 years * Another 13 have not even been charged – with 6 being in detention for 5-7 years On 14th September, eight Tamil detainees in the Anuradhapura prison, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) since around 2009 commenced a fast. Their cases are yet to be concluded, with a major reason for delays being the non-attendance of officials from the Attorney General’s department who are prosecuting the cases. One of the cases has not had a hearing for about 5 […]

NO Political Solution as promised by Government, but we’re patient – Sampanthan

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan says that the government is still in a neutral position with regard to giving a political solution to the problems of the people in the north and east. He further says that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is waiting patiently, although there seems to be no political solution. He had made the above statement at a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Keinchi Suganuma at the Opposition Leader’s Office During the meeting, the Opposition Leader had said that he is willing to discuss with the government in order to get the Tamil political prisoners released. He had said that he is expecting to hold a special discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe after the Human Rights […]

It’s successive government policies and those who crave power that ruin Sri Lanka

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

The book ‘Tamil Tigress’ authored by a former woman cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam under the pen name Niromi De Soyza was published in Australia. The former child soldier is a University teacher in Australia and joined the LTTE as a girl of 17 just as it started recruiting women. The following interview first appeared in our sister paper the Mawbima. The Sinhala readers of the Tamil Tigress would love to get to know things regarding your current life. A: I live a pretty normal life. I work as an educator, as I love learning and I believe that one is never too old to keep learning. After all that I have been through, I appreciate all those who are in my […]

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Institute which regulates physicians, had declared that SAITM degrees are invalid

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

On Friday, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment, possibly leading to the sanctioning of private local degrees in general, by affirming the validity of medical degrees awarded by the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM), a local, private, medical degree awarding institution. SAITM degrees are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the regulator of the country’s tertiary education system. Nonetheless, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Institute which regulates physicians, had declared that SAITM degrees are invalid, on unfounded grounds that such degrees are of an inferior quality. This led to a SAITM graduate to challenge this directive, in Court, which upheld that the complainant’s plea was justified and ordered the SLMC to register her as a medical practitioner and […]

MP Weerawansa was suspended from sittings in parliament for two weeks

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 22.Sep.2018, 11.30PM) Two notorious rowdies Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranaweera who call themselves as Honorable members of parliament shamelessly , but best known for their worst hooliganism within parliament were suspended by the Parliament privileges committee over their disgraceful conduct in parliament on July 3 rd. These are the hoodlums who make the August assembly a bedlam . Hoodlum Weerawansa was suspended from sittings for two weeks while the other hoodlum Prasanna Ranaweera was suspended for four weeks. The resolution of the privileges committee to punish them was tabled in parliament by the leader of the house….. Hon. Speaker , in accordance with the recommendations made in the first report of the select committee on code of ethics and privileges tabled […]

President Kumaratunga becomes the first Sri Lankan to be awarded France’s Highest National Order – Commander of the Legion of Honour

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga became the first Sri Lankan in almost 07 Decades and the first ever Sri Lankan woman to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander of the Legion of Honour, the highest rank of the National Order of France.  Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, presented the Medal of “Commandeur de la Légion D’Honneur” on behalf of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, at a special function held at the Residence of the Ambassador. President Kumaratunga’s Acceptance speech in English: I wish to first thank the President and the Government of the Republic of France for according to me this high Honour of Commanduer de la Legion d’Honneur. My special gratitude goes to His Excellency […]

Ian Paisley Jr’s Sri Lankan Beach Holiday: On Mediocrity, High Costs & Public Disregard

23rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Ian Paisley Jr’s Sri Lankan Beach Holiday: On Mediocrity, High Costs & Public Disregard The Government of Sri Lanka lost more than GBP 100,000 [a lot more, according to some MPs and parties with insight in Colombo] – all public funds. Paisley’s Sri Lankan sojourn provides insights into the mismanagement of Sri Lankan foreign policyunder the Rajapaksa administration [Dec 2005-January 2015]. The Recall Petition came at a cost of some GBP 188,000. No one would be surprised if Ian Jr did celebrate wrapping himself around a Sri Lankan flag! To note that such high sums were spent on a lost cause, and on a fine example of neoconservative, misogynist, homophobic and anti-human rights political mediocrity ought to be a fine eyeopener to all critically-minded citizens and people’s […]

MP Vasudewa Nanayakkara emphasizes that neither Basil Rajapaksa nor Gotabaya Rajapaksa has revoked their US citizenship, and therefore they cannot be considered for presidential election prior to revoking their citizenships.

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Following a statement made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his interview with the Hindu newspaper that he will select a member of Rajapaksha family to contest the next presidential election, a tense situation has arisen in the Joint Opposition (JO). Are the other politicians in the Joint Opposition NOT fit to be a President of Sri Lanka? Mahinda Rajapaksa did not specify which member, and only said it would be only a member of the Rajapaksa family who will be the next presidential candidate. In a context where several prominent members of the JO are backing to field former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the next presidential candidate, the former President did not mentioning Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name, has become a topic of discussion in […]

WAR CRIMINALS and Tamil prisoners not equal: Sumanthiran

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In reference to the request by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to grant a general amnesty to the LTTE cadres and military personnel involved in war-related crimes, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that the two groups could not be equated at all. Making his remarks on this matter, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that Tamil political prisoners had been arrested and held up for long years. He said their cases were not over. “They are being dragged on,” he said. He said these prisoners had been arrested on confessions made by them and detained for a long time. However, he said the unidentified atrocities perpetrated by the military could not be equated with those of Tamil political prisoners. MP Sumanthiran said […]

Release Tamil political prisoners-Sampanthan

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has requested President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to grant an opportunity to discuss the release of Tamil political prisoners. The Opposition Leader made this request in a letter directed to the President and the Prime Minister. The letter stated that decisions reached during the last meeting with the President have not been implemented yet. The Opposition Leader accordingly claimed another round of talks should be held and agreements should be reached to ensure the release of Tamil political prisoners. The Opposition Leader’s request also came after a group of political prisoners at the Anuradhapura Prison launched a hunger strike demanding their release.

Sri Lankan Politics: Scramble for power and bane of people

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Rev. Fr. Leopold Ratnasekera OMI., Ph.D., Th.D. The great bane of many third-world countries looms in the craftily orchestrated dramas of greed and struggle for power in the political arena. Formerly Ceylon, beginning from 1956 and now Sri Lanka, in the course of the last four decades or so, has provided an ideal oasis for power-hungry politicians to play their astute games and political trickery at the expense of often misinterpreting people’s choices and oppressing them with their high-flown imaginary visions. There comes a time when an entire country and a nation can turn so corrupt and cock-eyed that they just are not able to see any other wiser way of thinking and deciding. The recent three elections country-wide, the Presidential election, the parliamentary […]

Tamils should fight to death against Sinhala colonization – Sridharan

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Rasadi Gamage, Vavuniya Correspondent The Tamil people must wage a war unto death against forcible colonization by the Sinhala people  as well as the setting up of Buddhist temples in the North, said TNA Kilinochchi District MP S. Sridharan. He was speaking at a programme, on 15 September, to commence a voluntary organization at village level in the North against forcible colonization and constructing of Buddhist temples. The first group was launched at Sridharan’s office in Kilinochchi. He pointed out that a group, including Bhikkhus, who came to the Kurundumal village first, on the pretext of archeological  development activities, installed a Buddhist statue and sought to build a Vihara, which was thwarted, because of the alertness  of the ordinary people. Already 480 acres of […]

Army executed some LTTE cadres who surrendered

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

MP Dissanayake, a Cabinet member of the previous Rajapaksa administration said that the media, too, were aware of some of those executed after they had surrendered (with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender) though they remained silent. “Both you and we don’t talk about those who had been executed,” the National List MP said. MP Dissanayake revealed that he knew LTTE Comander Ramesh and received a telephone call from him about ten minutes before he surrendered to the Army (With White Flag)  on the Vanni east front. Ramesh was Executed  by the Sri Lankan Army with hundreds of other LTTE Leaders who surrendered with with their family members with White Flags after UN negotiated the surrender. SRI LANKA WAR episode The Killing of LLTE Colonel Ramesh who surrendered with White Flag. Rebel […]

Economist signals another defeat for Rajapaksa

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is set for another humiliating defeat at next year’s presidential elections, according to the track record of the London-based Economist Group. The subscription-based Economic Intelligence Unit, an arm of the Economist Group, in its latest report on Sri Lanka has predicted that Rajapaksa’s SLPP, a breakaway faction of the SLFP, will win both the next presidential and parliamentary elections. The research and analysis arm of the London publication made an identical prediction in December 2014, just three weeks before the presidential election. “Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to win the presidential election,” the EIU said on December 18, 2014. Three weeks later, Maithripala Sirisena, a politician who had been written off by the EIU, […]

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander? Editor’s Note: This piece responds to ‘In Defence of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka’, a report published by the the Global Sri Lanka Forum that appraises a report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka. “The international community] wants Sri Lanka’s armed forces to face up to the stain on their reputation, so that they can once again play a constructive role in international peace-keeping operations, and command the full respect that so many of their members deserve. – Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights[1] “….. the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights…has said there is a stain on the honour of the armed […]

I’m happy to be designated as a ‘War Criminal.’

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando “Gajaba was engraved in golden letters of the annals of the history of the Sri Lanka Army, if not in the history of Sri Lanka … and I’m certain it will never to be reversed by any. “So, I’m happy to be retired being a tiny particle of that proud chapter of the history, though designated as a ‘War Criminal.” In a few lines, Major General Chagie Gallage (retired) delivered a devastating attack on all those who had shirked their responsibility for countering lies propagated by interested parties until sections of the Army were categorised criminal. Gallage’s was a case in point. The Gajaba veteran retired on Aug 31, 2018. A week after retirement, Gallage delivered his farewell speech at Gajaba home […]

SLFP decries TNA and SB

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP Vice President Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday alleged that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) always sought international intervention here in the wake of the successful conclusion of the conflict almost a decade ago. Addressing the regular weekly media briefing at SLFP office at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Samarasinghe condemned the TNA’s stand, alleging that the party was pursuing a hostile policy towards successive governments. Samarasinghe emphasized that the TNA’s call for international judicial mechanism was nothing new. The SLFPer said so when The Island sought his response to TNA spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran’s call for international role in the accountability process due to President Maithripala Sirisena obstructing investigations into the alleged wartime abduction and disappearance of 11 persons. Samarasinghe […]

Speaker says he will take action on MP Vijayakala

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, said that he had been informed by the Attorney General that the latter would initiate legal action against former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran on her statement calling for the revival of the LTTE. He said so in response to a query raised by NFF leader MP Wimal Weerawansa. Weerawansa raising a point of order said: “The Speaker gave an assurance to Parliament that he would seek information from the Attorney General’s Department with regard to deputy minister Maheswaran’s statement which amounted to a violation of the Constitution. Months have elapsed since that undertaking. What action the Speaker will take in that regard?” The Speaker: The Attorney General will file a case against her. He has informed me of […]

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