Cut On The Funds To Jaffna College And Uduvil Girls’ College: Trustees Note Serious Irregularities In Administration

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Colombo Telegraph now has access to a letter sent by the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds based in Boston, USA which states that the Trustees have decided to reduce the funds allocated to both Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai and Uduvil Girls’ College for the first quarter of the year 2017 by 20%. This letter, signed by The Rev Richard H. Huleatt, the President of the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds, was emailed on the 5th of January to the Bishop of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India The Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Thiagarajah, the Chairperson of the Boards of Directors of Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ College. Failure on the part of the two schools to submit the audited financial statements for 2015, […]

Proposed Constitution somewhat Similar to APRC Proposals – Says Sumanthiran

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for the Jaffna District M.A. Sumanthiran, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, shares his views on the Constitution making and the way forward. He says his party remains optimistic about a positive outcome. Excerpts:   Q  How optimistic are you of the Constitution making process? Well, this is a one’s in life opportunity. It is, in fact, once in the life of a country opportunity. This problem has been with us ever since Independence. Every time, when the party in office makes any effort to resolve it, the party in the Opposition opposed. It happened in 1957, 1965 and went on like that. After many consequences, particularly large scale violence, there was a process from 1994 to 2000 to […]

Sri Lanka: Who is Afraid of a New Constitution?

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

There are some people who are afraid of change by nature. Some may be perennially conservative and lazy to undergo change. This laziness could easily come from the bureaucracy or the public servants and particularly the mandarins in the legal establishment/s. For a new constitution, they have to work hard. Their incompetency may get exposed. by Laksiri Fernando ( January 17, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) I have simply ‘plagiarized’ the title from the theme on which the People’s Power (PP) and the National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) have organized a public meeting on this Wednesday, the 18th January at the Colombo Public Library. Whatever the speakers are going to say at that meeting, the theme is sharply accurate in capturing the questioning […]

Recommendation of GSP +to Sri Lanka: EU denies laying down any conditions

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

The Head of the Political, Trade and Communication Section of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka Paul Godfrey yesterday denied that the European Union (EU) laid down any conditions as such to Sri Lanka – 58 conditions in total as some news reports have been suggestive of – to recommend GSP + to Sri Lanka. Godfrey said the European Commission in Brussels recommended granting GSP+ preferences for Sri Lanka to support the progress of the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labor conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Godfrey said on being asked by the Daily News if the government had agreed to comply with some 58 conditions laid down by it […]

Diaspora behind conditions for GSP+ claims JO

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition yesterday slammed the Government for considering what it termed as conditions that would be harmful to the country to regain GSP+ and claimed diaspora communities were responsible for the European Union (EU) holding Sri Lanka to 27 international conventions. Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peremuna (SLPP) Chairman and JO Member Prof. G. L. Peiris charged that the EU was attempting to get involved in the internal matters of Sri Lanka and alleged it would be beneficial to the aspirations of Tamil diaspora groups. “The EU has presented 58 conditions towards Sri Lanka to obtain GSP+ and those conditions are comprised of rules which could undermine the victory of the war,” he told reporters. Prof. Peiris also charged that some conditions such as repealing […]

Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd CEO Ravi Gukathasan Donates $2 Million to Toronto Uiversity Scarborough Campus for Tamil Studies

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Berton Woodward One of University of Toronto Scarborough Campus’s earliest Tamil alumni has given UTSC a historic donation of $2 million to support Tamil studies. UTSC alumnus Ravi Gukathasan is CEO of Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd. in Scarborough. His gift to the university will fund an annual post-doctoral fellowship in Tamil studies as well as scholarships, event programming and digital archiving. (Photo by Ken Jones) The gift from Ravi Gukathasan (U of T PhD, 1986; UTSC BSc, 1982), who is CEO of Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd. in Scarborough, is the largest single cash gift from an alumnus in UTSC’s 51-year history. It will fund an annual post-doctoral fellowship in Tamil studies as well as scholarships, event programming and digital archiving. “I want UTSC to be […]

With restoration of GSP+ Lanka can export any product to European market: PM

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

We will be able to export any product to the European market without any export levy or duty, with the European Union’s decision to remove significant import duties on Sri Lankan products by restoring GSP + trade access to Europe’s export market, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Galle. “Last May, I went to Brussels with a delegation to initiate discussions with the European Union. The European Union has decided to remove significant import duties on Sri Lankan products and restore GSP + trade access to Europe’s export market.Now, not only garments, we can export any product to the European market without export levy or duty,” the Prime Minister said. “The proceeding week is going to be a very productive one.I could start the week […]

Full Text: European Commission Report On Assessment Of The Application For GSP+ By Sri Lanka

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Removal of customs duties would be accompanied by rigorous monitoring and conditional on continued commitment to sustainable development, human rights and good governance. The Commission on Wednesday proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries. These preferences would come under a special arrangement of the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences, known as GSP+. This arrangement is designed to support developing […]

Sinhale Navy officer had extorted money from the arrested Tamil man’s family is a Sri Lankan War Hero!

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

The CID today (14) arrested Lt. Commander Anil Dhammika Mapa of the Navy on charges of the abduction, extortion and enforced disappearance of a Tamil resident of Kotahena in 2008. Evidence is also being gathered against the suspect for having taken apart a van owned by the missing man and selling same.  Abducted during the period of the war, the Tamil man was kept at Welisara navy camp and questioned. His van was taken apart at the same camp. Then, the parts were taken out of the camp and assembled. The CID has recovered the van. The Navy officer had also extorted money from the arrested man’s family. The CID is facing strong opposition from the Navy over the arrest. He is due to be […]

Crooked cardboard patriot Weerawansa remanded..! Has allotted official vehicles even to cook at home -Rs. 91.6 million loss to country..! full report..

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -11.Jan.2017, 5.45PM) Notorious racist  and accomplished crook Wimal Weerawansa the unqualified nitwit having  barely passed   Grade 9  , and who when somersaulting from the JVP (M.P. then)  did not have even a bicycle to claim as his own, but after becoming a minister under the nefarious decade of the corrupt crooked Rajapakses , transformed into a  multi millionaire through colossal misappropriation of public funds was arrested last noon (10) . He was later remanded until the 24 th after he was produced in court . The public who are aware of how much damage he has done to them and the country through his colossal rackets while parading as a great  patriot , and were therefore  anxiously awaiting  this moment , at last went […]

ITAK leaders have violated Tamil people’s democratic mandate: Premachandran

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 January 2017, 22:39 GMT] The very basic demands of Tamils have been totally denied, both by the constitutional assembly tasked with drafting the new constitution and by the political parties in the South. On what basis, the two ITAK politicians R. Sampanthan and M. Sumanthiran continue to be part of the constitutional assembly, asks EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran, who took up the matter in a recent coordinating committee meeting of the TNA. The Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK), under the leadership of Thanthai S.J.V Chelvanayakam, boycotted the 1972 Constitution as the constitutional proposal didn’t respect the demands of Tamils. Similarly, the TULF boycotted the 1978 constitution brought by J.R. Jayawardene. There has been no democratic discussion or debate within the ranks of […]

A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health!

12th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Jallikattu Ban – A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health! – Janani Vivek Indian humped Cows Vs Western  humpless Cows  Nutritious A2 milk vs toxic disease causing A1 milk – Autism, Type 1 diabetes & several other diseases linked with A1 milk – Divine Indian cows – Propaganda by western cattle industry – White revolution – Native breeds of Indian nearly extinct – Ruthless Cow slaughters – Hypocrite animal activism – Ban on Jallikatu a trickery to kill Indian bulls and more! In this post I’ll expose what the dairy industry and the doctors doesn’t want you know. This post could save you and your family from several health illnesses and save our country from an economical crisis. […]

Mahinda and JO engaged Lankans in USA against Hillary becoming President

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene in an interview with the Dailymirror, speaks about the status of economy, future challenges and the global situation. He shared the following: Q How do you analyse the end result of the implementation of the current budgetary provisions? If you look at the country’s status of economy in 2017 from an objective and economic point of view, you can foresee a number of challenges lying ahead. One is the drastic depreciation of the rupee value posing a threat to economic stability. Secondly, the fast dwindling of the country’s foreign reserves is there. It is a challenge for the government to strengthen the reserves from the current level. Thirdly, the unprecedented rise of interest rates is a problem. As for the […]

European Commission decides to restore GSP+ trade access for Sri Lanka

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – The European Commission Wednesday said it proposed the European Union remove import duties on Sri Lankan products, restoring GSP Plus trade access to the island’s biggest export market. “These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries,” it said in a statement. The European Parliament and the Council have now up to four months to raise potential objections before the measures become effective. “Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory,” the EC statement said. “Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for […]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Consultations Highlight Broad Accountability Concerns (New York) – Sri Lanka’s government should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) in a report released on January 3, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The report reflects the first broad survey of Sri Lankan citizens on their aspirations for truth and justice, as called for by the October 2015 resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Key among the task force’s recommendations is the creation of a war crimes court comprised of both international and national judges and other officials, with no time limit on its jurisdiction. Support for this court included ethnic Sinhalese, whose population suffered thousands of enforced disappearances three decades ago for which there has been […]

Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) called for full participation of foreign judges, and other personnel, including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. Mrs Muttetuwegama delivered the report to the, Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, on January 3, 2017, at the Presidential Secretariat. The CTFRM released the report on the eve of the third anniversary of President Maithripala […]

CBK calls for talks on foreign judges et al on judicial mechanism

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has called for extensive discussions on far reaching recommendations, including the participation of foreign judges and other personnel in proposed war crimes probe, made by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation (CTFRM). The outfit also called for abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), demilitarization of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, bifurcation of the Attorney General’s Department to pave the way for Office of Public Prosecutor among other proposals. Kumaratunga was responding to a query by The Island at a media briefing at the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA), Janadhipathi Mawatha, Col. 1, yesterday. Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Kumaratunga said the decision on CTFRM recommendations could be taken following discussions. The […]

NOW China seeks clarity from Mahinda on opposition to deal

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

China has sought clarity from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his opposition to the Hambantota deal. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, met Rajapaksa today and discuss matters related to the Hambantota port and investment zone.  The meeting took place at Rajapaksa’s official residence and Rajapaksa’s office said that he informed the Chinese envoy the opposition cannot agree to the proposal to allocate 15,000 acres of land in Hambantota to a foreign country. China is funding an investment zone in Hambantota and a Chinese company is to operate the Hambantota port. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka ex-President says Hambantota port deal worst alternative ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa says a decision to sell 80 percent of Hambantota Port to China for 99-year is […]

Implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 11 February 2017, London  Global Tamil Forum calls on the Sri Lankan Government to faithfully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) released on January 3, 2017 and calls on the Sri Lankan government to fully implement these recommendations. We wish to congratulate the eleven-member panel headed by senior lawyer Manouri Muttetuwegama, who after exhaustive, countrywide consultations conducted over a year, have come up with a unanimous report. The fact that the panel members come from all communities and their consultations reflect aspirations and apprehensions of victims from different communities, gives us hope that the Sri Lankan society, at last, can transcend […]

World’s greatest liar award winner’s record breaking lies ! (Video)

10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -09.Jan.2017, 11.30PM)  A most stupid story of the century was related by no less a person  than the notorious and mendacious ex president Mahinda Rajapakse , M.P. Kurunegala on the 7 th at Kandy. This fairy tale is aimed at stoking ruthless turbulence and reckless setting fire to  the entire country and against   the determined efforts made by the present  government to re build the country via the proposed Hambantota Port . Deposed ,  discarded and desperate  ex president Mahinda who is by now a byword for corruption and murders said , the heat generated by the residual oil released  at  the proposed Hambantota Industrial zone is going to be so intense that even the residents of Nuwara eliya will not be able […]

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