26th March 2019

Global Tamil Forum Calls For Time-Bound Implementation Of The UNHRC Resolution On Sri Lanka

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) acknowledges the passing of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (40/1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and thank all those who worked towards it, particularly the thirty-two countries that co-sponsored, among those the core-group that led this initiative. While we welcome continuous monitoring of human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka by the UNHRC, we are disappointed that the new resolution failed to set clear pathway for accelerated progress towards implementation of the Resolution 30/1.  There is strong disappointment in the Tamil community that ten years after the end of the war, and three years after Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1, there is very little progress on accountability and transitional justice. High Commissioner […]

Tamil Letters in Newly Installed Signboard in Sivanolipadamalai Defaced with Black Tar by Vandals.

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Hindu Sivan Oli Pada Malai Temple now Buddha Pada temple  Intolerant Sinhala Buddhist extremists vandalise centuries-old multireligious place of worship After Weeks of Hate Campaign Spearheaded by Mahasona’s Dan Priyasad and Namal Kumara the Tamil and English Letters in Newly Installed Signboard at Bottom of Adams Peak – Sri Pada – Sivanolipadamalai Defaced with Black Tar by Vandals. Sri pada sign board covered in black paint – Sri Lanka Mirror The Tamil Sign read ‘Siva Noli Pada Malai‘ while the English version read ‘Sri Padaya’. The protestors demanded that legal action should be …………….. By Maneshka Borham The Police commenced an investigation this week into the defacing of the newly installed signboard at the bottom of the steps leading to Sri Pada on the Hatton-Nallathanniya trail. The […]

TNA MP Sumanthiran Places Lankan Government in a Spot and Puts Tamil Political Rivals in the Shade

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Tamil National Alliance Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran MP Places Lankan Government in a Spot and Puts Tamil Political Rivals in the Shade The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran’s constitutional justification for seeking foreign judges to serve in the proposed Judicial Mechanism to try alleged war crime cases, has put the government in a spot, and his Tamil rivals in the shade. In a statement in parliament on Friday, Sumanthiran said that there is no constitutional bar to the appointment foreign judges to Lankan counts. He was responding to the statement of the Sri Lankan government in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 21 that the Lankan constitution does not allow foreign judges and lawyers to function in Lankan courts, […]

Former Navy Commander Jayantha Perera and Ex-Naval Intelligence Chief Ananda Guruge Allegedly Implicated in CID Investigations Into Disappearances of Vadivelu Loganathan and Ratnasami Parmananda Reportedly Abducted in Wellampitiya on January 11, 2009.

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By Maneshka Borham The now famous CID investigation into the abduction and murder of 11 youth by a Navy extortion gang, helped sleuths to break open a secondary racket involving a separate group of naval personnel, including high ranking officers, to abduct businessmen for ransom In June 2010 the gang robbery unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by its OIC Inspector Nishantha Silva commenced an investigation into a suspected abduction for ransom racket run by Naval intelligence teams at the time. As investigations into the case of 11 missing youth believed to have been abducted by the group intensified over the years, explosive revelations in court recently implicated Naval top brass including several celebrated former Commanders of the Navy. But perhaps now in a […]

Another Overseas LTTE Plot to Use Underworld Gangs to Allegedly Assassinate MA Sumanthiran MP ? 12 Suspects Arrested and Detained for Investigation by Police Colombo Crimes Division.

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Twelve suspects were arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate an active Tamil politician, the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) told court last week. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne allowed the CCD to detain the 12 suspects for questioning about the alleged assassination plot. The arrested persons included members of the underworld and persons with connections to the LTTE. The CCD told court that their investigations had revealed plans to kill a Tamil politician on the instructions of LTTE cadres living overseas. Police declined to name the Tamil politician in its report to court, but sources said the target was likely TNA Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran. The suspects will be produced in court again on April 26. Continue reading ‘Another Overseas […]

Another Admiral to be docked as CID busts spin-off Navy abduction racket

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The now famous CID investigation into the abduction and murder of 11 youth by a Navy extortion gang, helped sleuths to break open a secondary racket involving a separate group of naval personnel, including high ranking officers, to abduct businessmen for ransom In June 2010 the gang robbery unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by its OIC Inspector Nishantha Silva commenced an investigation into a suspected abduction for ransom racket run by Naval intelligence teams at the time. As investigations into the case of 11 missing youth believed to have been abducted by the group intensified over the years, explosive revelations in court recently implicated Naval top brass including several celebrated former Commanders of the Navy. But perhaps now in a remarkable plot […]

Polonnaruwa to become Sri Lanka’s first Smart City

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SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena says education, health and transport pilot projects planned for Polonnaruwa Smart City concept to be expanded to Port City, Colombo in second round   SLT has signed exclusive fibre connectivity project with Huawei  Range of digital transformative products to be launched in next two months   By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Chairman Kuma-rasinghe Sirisena yesterday said Polonnaruwa is earmarked to become Sri Lanka’s first-ever ‘Smart City’, with the Government planning to launch several pilot projects in the areas of education, health, and transportation, before expanding to Port City, Colombo. SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena “The Government is currently considering to transform Polonnaruwa as the country’s first-ever ‘Smart City’, enabled with smart health, smart education, and smart transportation, that will accelerate economic […]

SLPP admits split in UPFA, way cleared for smooth sailing of UNP budget 2019

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), yesterday, acknowledged that contrary to expectations, the UNP could comfortably ensure the passage of budget 2019 at its final reading on April 05. Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma told an SLPP briefing at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla, the UNP could overcome the UPFA challenge with the support of the four-party Tamil National alliance (TNA) and a section of SLFP MPs elected on the UPFA ticket. Alahapperuma described those SLFPers as UNP’s slaves. The second reading of budget 2019 was approved with a majority of 43 votes. Alahapperuma, a member of the SLPP team currently engaged in talks meant to work out a common programme with the SLFP, admitted the split in the UPFA group in the wake […]