23rd September 2018

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

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[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.

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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.

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* 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

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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

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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

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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

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(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

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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

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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 […]