Football Matches, Mutual Thai Pongal Celebrations Won’t Do The Trick – Suresh Premachandran

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By Hasitha Ayeshmantha and Ashanthi Warunasuriya Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Media Spokesperson and former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran states that holding football matches between Sinhala and Tamil schools will not pave the way for a proper reconciliation process.  He says that even though the people of North are breathing a huge sigh of relief after the ‘tyranny’ of the Rajapaksa regime, the new government too has not fallen into the right track yet. In an interview withThe Sunday Leader, the former Parliamentarian said the Tamil minority of the North are still suffering inside recreational camps, and that there are several other major issues the government has to resolve prior to embarking on reconciliation process. Premachandran maintained that before embarking upon reconciliation process, the new government will […]

Who is funding MAHINDA’s new party?

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Who is funding MR’s new party? The tug-of-war between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to get the reins of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has reached its penultimate stage with the latter opening a new political operations office with the alleged support of the majority of Provincial Councillors and Local Government members. Several senior and young members of the party seemed to have paid no heed to the indirect threat of having to face disciplinary action and were on the verge of being expelled from the party as they went for the opening of a new office for political operations by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa few days ago. The new office was opened by former President Rajapaksa at Jayanthipura, Battaramulla, while […]

Without A Proper Action Plan, Seeking Reconciliation Pointless – Vijitha Herath

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By Hasitha Ayeshmantha and Ashanthi Warunasuriya Propaganda Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, parliamentarian Vijitha Herath states that continuing the reconciliation process without a proper action plan will be pointless. Speaking toThe Sunday Leader, the parliamentarian said that even though discussions have taken place over the matter, the government has failed to put any of them to action. He went on to stress that the JVP cannot agree to withdraw the troops from the Northern Province as it would be a concern about national security. However, he believes that the government could improve the living conditions of the people of the North by strengthening the civil administration framework. Commenting on the proposed ECTA agreement between India, the parliamentarian said the government is trying to propose […]

UNHRC: What’s MAHINDA’s Solution?

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Negotiations on the implementation of UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka that should be a diplomatic exercise to iron out the wrinkles are being subverted into a verbal political brawl by the defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his gang of supporters. The chest thumping, airport tarmac kissing, self-declared patriot is now equating the UNHRC resolutions co-sponsored by the Sri Lanka government and the United States as being tantamount to treason. Resolutions against Sri Lanka were moved at the UN body during the tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa as president and the futile fumbling and prevarications to thwart it revealed the diplomatic impotence and the bankruptcy of the Rajapaksa regime. These resolutions are Rajapaksa’s baby. The alleged crimes and violation of human rights made are said to have […]

War Crimes and War Heroes: Horns of Sri Lanka’s dilemma

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Final stage of the war by Rajan Philips Even for those of us who are not (western) classists, it would makes sense to know that the resolution of a dilemma in logic and rhetoric involves either taking the left horn, the right horn, or going in between the two, not to mention (rhetorically) distracting the proverbial bull. Transcending from the ‘precocious’ world of ancient Greece to the pernicious world of contemporary Sri Lankan politics (where good things can still happen from time to time – as Professor Carlo Fonseka realized and reminded us last week), we could identify the vested interests hanging on to one or the other of the two horns of our country’s dilemma, as well as hanging on to both. The Rajapaksa […]

Now President Maithiri says ”I saved Mahinda from the electric chair”

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Now President Maithiri says ”I saved Mahinda from the electric chair” Today the 14th of February 2016 President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is the one who saved former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from being sent to the electric chair. He said that former President Rajapaksa claimed that if he (Maithripala) became the President of the country, he (Mahinda) would be send to the electric chair over alleged war crimes. “But my government was able to save him from being sent to the electric chair,” President Sirisena said addressing an event in Welikanda, Polonnaruwa today. Prime Minister Ranil says ”I saved Mahinda from the electric chair” On 2nd  October 2015 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed to have saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from going to the […]

Jaya again writes to PM on arrest of fishermen by Lankan Navy

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Asserting that her government was committed to ensuring the rights of fishermen in traditional waters of Palk Bay,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaithaa today said the Centre should take concerted efforts to halt their repeated arrests by Sri Lankan Navy. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she cited the latest arrest of 12 Tamil Nadu fishermen along with two mechanised boats yesterday and said there was an “urgent and imperative need” to take appropriate steps to find a permanent solution to the issue. It was ‘unfortunate’ that the apprehension and arrest of fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy “continues unabated”, she said. “My Government stays committed to ensuring and upholding the traditional rights of fishermen from Tamil Nadu to fish […]

TN fishermen to protest in front of Lankan embassy

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Rameshwaram: Members of all fishermens unions met in Rameshwaram today and decided to resort to an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Sri Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats seized by the island’s navy. The unions conducted an urgent meeting to discuss release of Indian fishermen languisihng in Lankan jails. During the meet, they decided they would hold an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats. Following the arrest of 12 Tamilnadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy yesterday, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi again asking to take action to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue. ‘There is an […]

Lankan girl receives Australian visa after minister intervenes

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan girl who made headlines after being refused a temporary visa because she has Down syndrome would be allowed to live in Australia, after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton intervened in her case. According to ABC News, the 9-year-old Eliza Fonseka had also found an unexpected ally in former Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell, who advocated for her to be granted the visa. “I’m very excited for Eliza, I’m very excited for the family,” said Chappell, who was approached to help Eliza’s family by her father, a cricket coach. “I think in this case compassion has won out.” Chappell said it was the first time he had been involved in an immigration issue. “Probably in this particular style, yes, but through the years I’ve […]

There is overwhelming evidence to prove that CSN investments amounting to a staggering US$ 2.3 million were made from monies of questionable sources

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

A small boy one day brought a pencil home from school.  His mother never asked him: “Son, from where did you get this?” On the second day he brought an eraser home. His mum kept her calm and stayed quiet. The boy continued his habit increasing its severity and ultimately it became a problem to the whole school unil he became a dropout. His mother never said anything against her son’s wicked habits. One day he was caught by the king’s men for breaking into the palace to steal. During the hearing, the king ordered that the young rouge be executed for attempting to steal property belonging to the monarchy. After delivering the judgment the king inquired: “Do you have any last wishes?” “Yes” replied […]

TPC And ITAK In Talks As Draft Proposals Come Out

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) have had talks in what is speculated as being part of an attempt to settle differences between both sides. The talks took place last week after the TPC made public a set of draft proposals for a political solution to the Tamil issue. However the talks between the TPC and ITAK were kept low key, and full details of the discussion were not made available to the media. TPC member and former parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said a group of TPC members had met ITAK General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah following an invitation extended by Senathirajah. Premachandran said he was made to understand the talks were held to discuss the latest political developments in the […]

Revisiting the Forcible Arrest of Sarath Fonseka by the Army on Feb 8th 2010

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s one and only Field Marshall is very much in the news these days. The former army chief who was once described as the “world’s best military commander” by former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is now a national list Parliamentarian of the United National front for Good Governance (UNFGG). It is also being speculated widely that he would be allocated a cabinet portfolio in the days to come. February 2016 apparently is a good month for Sarath Fonseka. It was on Feb 8th that the United National Party(UNP) working committee decided to nominate the Field marshall as a national list MP to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lands Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardana in January. On February […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa urged SLFP members with Maithiri to join his NEW Racist party.

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Minister Amunugama said that 33 cases will be filed against corruption and financial irregularities in due course by various institutions after completing the preliminary investigation. Moves will be taken to file cases against 33 such corrupt practices in due course by these institutions. He added that there should be a charge sheet and the Attorney General’s approval to file a case. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged those members who had switched their allegiance to the current government to join the Joint Opposition. The former SLFP leader is fighting to gain his power back said that he expected them to take a decisive step soon. He and his associates are worried about the new cases against them and are in the process of creating a new party to coverup the […]

PrAbhakaran’s daughter born in N’eliya?

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

PrAbhakaran’s daughter born in N’eliya By Prabath Attanayaka The sun was scorching them. But the morning coldness had still not died down. The cold sunny morning makes one lazy. She was silent. She smiled as her nipples wetted with milk. She tried to imagine that her new born baby, Thilina Sandaruwan as named in the registry of birth, might have fallen asleep. She was trying to appease herself with that. She thought her environment was not suitable for a new born baby. She walked in the Nuwara Eliya General Hospital and in the hospital quarters to relieve her breasts of the milk flowing for her child. The baby was born on 22 July 1989 at 5:45 p.m. She was on maternity leave for three months. […]

Colombo ‘committed’ to reconciliation

13th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. Aimed at designing a reconciliation mechanism in the post-civil war Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. A task force, comprising 11 citizens, has been constituted with Manouri Muttetuwegama, a senior advocate, as chairperson. It came into existence formally on Friday with Mr. Samaraweera launching its website. Addressing a gathering at the Jaffna District Collectorate, Mr. Samaraweera acknowledged that “there are many here today who still have fears and doubts. But I can assure you that the National Unity Government of President [Maithripala] Sirisena and Prime […]

IHL, Genocide & Investigation On Sri Lanka

12th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By R.M.B Senanayake – Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (Advance version) The Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 255/1 in March 2014 requesting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of Human Rights and related crimes by both parties during the period covered by the LLRC to ensure accountability for any alleged violations and crimes.” The mandate for the Investigation was to cover the period from February 2002 to November 2011. There was the Ceasefire Agreement of February 2002. The Report is organized in a series of chapters under headings like “Unlawful Killings; ”Violations related to the depriving of liberty; Enforced Disappearances; Torture, Sexual and Gender based violence; Abduction and Forced disappearances; […]

CID names Ekneligoda’s abductors

12th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) reporting to the Homagama Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday said that journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda had been taken to Giritale Army Camp and to Akkaraipattu blindfolded before he was killed. According to facts reported by CID SSP Shani Abeysekare, Ekneligoda had been taken to the Girtale Army Camp on 24 January 2010, as the Officer Commanding of Giritale Army Camp had stated to the CID. SSP Shani Abesekara added that the CID had evidence that Lt. Col. Arjuna Kumararathna, Lt. Col. Ravindra Rupasinghe and Staff Sergeant Kanishka Gunarathna had conspired in the abduction. The three suspects have been named as first, fifth and seventh accused in this case. SSP Abeysekare said evidence had been received by perusing recordings of […]

Ex-Minister Cooray indirectly blames Rajapaksas for SLFP’s sorry plight

12th February 2016 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Former government Minister Reginald Cooray yesterday said that in spite of suffering two major defeats at the presidential and parliamentary polls during 2015, the party had not yet been able to adopt remedial measures for want of what he called self-criticism on the part of those who had previously wielded power. Addressing the media at the SLFP party office on T.B. Jayah Mawatha, the ex-MP stressed that the SLFP’s internal crisis had paved the way for the UNP’s return to power. Had they managed to address contentious issues through mutual understanding, the SLFP wouldn’t have been in current predicament. The UNP had been in dire straits and wasn’t even in a position to field a presidential candidate of its own when a […]

Defeated Mahinda to get an opportunity…

12th February 2016 // 0 Comments

An incident where former President Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring open a bridge on the 8th one day after former President Chandrika Bandaranayke Kumaratunga had inspected the bridge is reported from Attanagalla area. According to reports the new bridge across Attanagalu Oya to replace the old bridge was built with state funds. The money had been made available during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa. On the 7th former President Chandrika Bandaranayke  Kumaratunga had inspected the bridge and the next day Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa had who had suddenly come to the scene had declared it open. At the opening he had said it was the first opportunity he got to do such an act after he was defeated. Mr. Mahinda […]

‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey

11th February 2016 // 0 Comments

‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena and the government would never accept foreign judges in the proposed court to be established in accordance with Oct. 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution to inquire into accountability issues during the final phase of the Vanni offensive, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha, PC, said yesterday. The Minister was answering a query raised by The Island at yesterday’s media briefing at SLFP party office, T. B. Jayah Mawatha. Minister Musthapha insisted that foreign judges wouldn’t be accommodated in the proposed court under any circumstances. One-time staunch Rajapaksa ally ignored the reference in Geneva Resolution in respect of Commonwealth and other international judges as well as defence […]

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