20th February 2019

UN complains after official threatened at gunpoint by Sri Lankan army in Jaffna

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UN complains after official threatened at gunpoint by Sri Lankan army in Jaffna Senior United Nations officials have reportedly lodged a complaint with Sri Lankan authorities stating that one of their staff was threatened at gun point by two members of the army in Jaffna last year. The Sunday Times reports that two people who claimed to be from the army entered the residence of a UN official in Jaffna, pointing a pistol at the staff member and warning that an investigation was underway against them. The military has not taken any action on the case, denying that any members of the security forces were involved in the incident. See more from the Sunday Times here.

Colonisation more pressing than development in Mullaitivu – TNA MP

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Occupation and colonisation in Mullaitivu are more pressing issues than development, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP told the Sri Lankan prime minister. Speaking at a meeting during prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to the North on Saturday, TNA MP Shanthi Sriskantharajah highlighted that development efforts were secondary to the need to end and reverse the occupation and appropriation of Tamil lands in Mullaitivu. “In Mullaitivu District, colonisation is a bigger issue than development. Firstly, our people’s lands were grabbed and given to the Mahaweli Authority through gazette notifications,” Sriskantharajah said. “Moreover, lands are being given here to people of other districts, for example people of Anuradhapura District in the name of Mahaweli. Tanks are being restored but lands are not given to the people […]

Navy abductions case: Witnesses fear for their lives

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Right wing politicians have taken up cudgels against Navy officials testifying against senior rankers implicated in an abduction for ransom racket in 2008-2009. Investigators worry the campaign of intimidation could hamper the probe and deter key witnesses from coming forward In 2012, Naval Intelligence officer Lieutenant Commander Krishan Welagedara became one of the CID’s key witnesses in an investigation into a gory abduction racket by Sri Lanka Navy personnel in 2008-2009. Welagedara’s statement helped the CID to establish that 11 young men abducted from Colombo were held in subterranean detention cells at the Trincomalee Naval base. Lt. Commander Welagedara’s life has not been the same since. As CID sleuths close in on high ranking naval officials linked to the abduction case, right wing politicians are […]

Powers already devolved to the Provinces had to be fully utilised before more was asked for!

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the Northern politicians a few home truths. A TNA MP complained, at a recent development review committee meeting, at the Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat, that Pradeshiya Sabhas had not received funds for housing from either the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) or the government. Responding to him, the PM reportedly said that powers already devolved to the provinces had to be fully utilised before more was asked for. The TNA considers Wickremesinghe a friend and it should, therefore, heed his advice. One cannot but agree with the PM, on this score. The TNA-controlled NPC hardly did anything constructive or useful to the public. Its sole purpose of being was apparently adopting resolutions against the government, one after the other, and there […]

Mahinda for ‘Economic and Social Rights’ and NOT ‘Civil and Political Rights’

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BY HARIM PEIRIS The undeclared front runner for the Rajapaksa clan / SLPP / JO nomination is undoubtedly former Defence Secretary. So his views and vision for Sri Lanka, which he is now periodically presenting as his undeclared presidential candidacy commences, merit serious attention. A democracy requires that there be debate and dialogue on policies and decisions affecting national life and, in that respect, the military is the last institution one wants to learn democratic norms from. The military personnel are trained are over a lifetime to obey lawful orders without question and have orders carried out without question. Accordingly, in recent times, opinion leaders in support of a Gotabaya candidacy and Mr. Rajapaksa himself have been making comments that indicate that within the new […]

Germany calls for more transparency in SL as bilateral ties expand

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Sri Lanka and Germany footprint in each other on the rise Greater private sector interactions this year following opening of German Trade Office in Colombo Ambassador says post-Constitutional crisis, regaining investor confidence with stability and reforms is key Suggests liberalisation of shipping and freight forwarding if Sri Lanka is to successfully achieve maritime hub status Warns corruption and lack of transparency dampen investor confidence Says tender procedures must be clear and transparent and concluded without delay By Nisthar Cassim Amidst growing bilateral ties, Germany is calling for improved efficiency and transparency in Sri Lanka to achieve a more robust and win-win partnership. “Germany’s footprint in Sri Lanka and vice versa have been growing, resulting in greater bilateral cooperation,” German Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jörn Rohde […]

24 MPs addicted to drugs and have become billionaires by being involved in drug trafficking?

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By Shiran Ranasinghe and Methmalie Dissanayake State Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday (18), said that he had revealed the names of politicians, including Members of Parliament, who allegedly consume cocaine and other illegal narcotics to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on 17 February. Speaking to Ceylon Today, Ramanayake said that he revealed those names to the Speaker via telephone. “I would not reveal these names to the Media and the general public as there should be a thorough investigation first. This list contains names of some current Cabinet Ministers, former Cabinet Ministers and some people who currently engage in politics,” he claimed. Furthermore, he claimed that it is not a secret that some politicians, including current and former Cabinet Ministers, […]