7th year Mullivaikkal genocide remembrance day in London

23rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

The British Tamil people gathered again in large numbers to remember and reflect their kith and kin who were massacred in a genocide by the Sri Lankan state and to demand for justice from the International Community.  As in the past six years, the commemoration event, co-ordinated by British Tamils Forum in the UK, brought together British Tamil people to remember their loved ones who perished in the Mullivaikkal Genocide in 2009. Following a protest march from Waterloo Place to Richmond Terrace opposite the Prime Minister David Cameron’s residence, a vigil meeting was held and it began with the participants lighting candles in silence to remember those innocent Tamil people killed. Across the world, there were similar events were held to remember this painful time […]

Anura Senanayake taken into custody in connection to Thajudeen murder

23rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. He was produced in court and remanded till May 26. Senanayake was arrested after being questioned earlier in the day and was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations.  He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case. Earlier this month the police DIG in charge of motor traffic Amarasiri Senaratne was also questioned by the CID over Thajudeen’s murder. The Colombo Additional Magistrate in February ordered the CID to arrest the suspects linked to Thajudeen’s murder. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car […]

FCID arrests fmr. Ministry Sec and bank manager

23rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Secretary to the Ministry of State Resources and Enterprise Development, Willie Gamage and former bank chairman Ariyathilake Dahanayake were arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today in connection with a land deal at Oruthota, Gampaha. The FCID summoned Mr. Gamage and Mr. Dahanayake this morning to record statements regarding a land belonging to former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The suspects were produced to the Gampaha Magistrate’s Court today. The FCID is currently investigating several major land and property deals. On May 12, Basil Rajapaksa was also arrested by the FCID over an irregularity in purchasing a land in Matara. He was later released on bail. The FCID also questioned businessman Thirukumarana Nadesan last Sunday (22) for over five hours in connection […]

Death toll rises to 82; 118 missing, 145,000 in camps

23rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The death toll from last week’s natural disasters has risen to 82; it is expected to increase within the next few days as rescue operations continue to look for another 118 missing people, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Meanwhile, 30 people have been confirmed dead due to the landslide in Aranayake and 114 others are missing. Another part of the same mountain at Aranayake in Kegalle District had crashed on Saturday, but there were no casualties as residents had been evacuated following the first landslides, an official said. According to the DMC, 34,476 people have been affected by torrential rains widespread floods, landslides, mudslides and high winds in 22 districts during last week with 29 people injured. Over 476 houses […]

End of war in Sri Lanka, but Tamils still suffering

23rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Azman Ujang’s piece: “Peace pays off for Sri Lanka” simply mimics the Sri Lankan government’s propaganda about who really benefitted from the end of the country’s civil war. By P Ramasamy Azman Ujang’s piece titled “Peace pays off for Sri Lanka” in his column “Off the Cuff” (The Sun Daily, May 16), seems to be an exercise that is echoing the propaganda efforts of the Sri Lanka government rather than critically examining who really benefited from the end of the civil war that raged for more than 30 years. Yes, peace dividends might have brought benefits to political elites, foreign investors and tourists but what about the locals and Tamils in particular? The civil war ended with the defeat of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of […]

UK’s main opposition backs self-determination for Tamils

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party says it supports the right to self-determination for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed to stand with the Tamil community “in the search for truth, justice, accountability and reconciliation. In a video message and written statement released to coincide with Mullivaikal Remembrance Day, the leader of the Labour Party also reiterated his support for the implementation, in full, of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on Sri Lanka.  Paying tribute to how the wider Tamil community had “shouldered injustice for decades” Corbyn offered his thanks for the “enormous contribution” Tamils have made to life in Britain. Meanwhile Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour, said the Tamil community is deeply grateful for Jeremy’s message of solidarity. […]

Canadian PM notes foreign judges must be involved in Sri Lanka

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau says foreign judges must be involved in the investigations on the war in Sri Lanka. He said this in a statement issued on the seventh anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. “Today, we mark the anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. It is a time to honour, remember, and reflect on the victims of this 26-year war. Over the past seven years, I have met many victims of this war, and have been deeply moved by their heroic stories of trauma and loss. Much work lies ahead to heal the wounds of all those who have suffered, and to achieve long-term peace and reconciliation on the island,” he said. The Prime Minister […]

Seven Years After The End Of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Mahendran Thiruvarangan – Mahendran Thiruvarangan When the civil war came to an end in May 2009 I was still a final year undergraduate at the University of Peradeniya. Peradeniya was miles away from the war zone. The only venues that supplied us with details about the happenings in the war theatre were the television channels stationed in the South, self-censoring the civilian casualties incurred and feeding to the Sinhala nationalist jubilation of the times. And on the other side were websites like Tamilnet and Puthinam run by parties sympathetic to the LTTE releasing carefully filtered out reports singularly focusing on the deaths of civilians caused by the military leaving no trace about how the top leadership of the LTTE was recruiting children and adults, […]

Racist monk says govt. insulted and dishonoured war heroes

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Harischandra Gunaratna Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera of the Federation of National Organisations (FNO) yesterday said the government had insulted and dishonoured members of the security forces by cancelling the Victory Day celebrations at the behest of the international community and the pro-LTTE groups and by allowing dead terrorists to be commemorated. The Thera addressing journalists at a news conference organised by the FNO said, “Adding insult to injury, the LTTE backers have named the event ‘Commemoration of Genocide’ and the government is giving lame excuses claiming it was a commemoration of the civilians who died during the civil war.” The monk lashed out at the government saying that it didn’t have money to hold the Victory Day Parade. “But, it has money to fund […]

Sri Lanka’s Uneasy Peace

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

The island nation’s “democratic transition” leaves plenty to be desired. Sri Lanka’s civil war ended on May 18, 2009 — seven years ago. The country’s government forces defeated the Tamil Tigers, a group that had been fighting for a separate Tamil state in the nation’s northern and eastern provinces. Credible allegations of abuses committed by Sri Lankan military personnel and the Tigers have persisted since the conclusion of war. In the post-war era, longtime president Mahinda Rajapaksa took the country in an increasingly authoritarian direction. Due to widespread corruption, nepotism and the erosion of the rule of law, he was unexpectedly defeated during a presidential election in January 2015. In October 2015, the country’s coalition government co-sponsored a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution pertaining to reconciliation and […]

The Fate Of The Tamil Community, Seven Years Later

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Raj Subramaniam – Raj Subramaniam Seven years have passed since the Tamil community in Sri Lanka lost everything in their fight to unchain 500 years of slavery under the command of foreigners who ruled over the Tamils and enforced their alien laws upon them. It was only after several non-violent efforts that Tamil turned to a campaign of armed resistance for self-defense. Today, society has awoken to the atrocities carried out by ISIS in the Middle East. If only they had opened their eyes to the crimes of Sri Lanka against the Tamils while they transpired. The cause of the conflict in Sri Lanka was primarily Buddhist chauvinism. Whatever crimes ISIS has perpetrated against the innocent citizenry of Iraq and Syria runs parallel to […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, The “Pithala Handiya” Explosive Attack And Sarath Fonseka

19th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Sri Lankan army commander Sarath Fonseka came out with a bombshell statement some days ago in Parliament. The ex –army chief now a Cabinet minister in the Sirisena – Wickremesinghe Government accused his erstwhile comrade -at – arms and former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of having “stage managed” an assassination attempt on himself nearly ten years ago in order to win sympathy for his family the Rajapaksas. Fonseka who was serving as army commander at that time was referring to the incident on December 1st 2006 in which a suicide bomber belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) tried to ram an explosive laden three –wheeler into the vehicle in which Defence secretary Rajapaksa was travelling in. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa […]

Jaffna university students to commemorate “massacre” of TamilS

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Jaffna university students are to commemorate the “massacre” of Tamils in 2009 at a ceremony to be staged outside the university tomorrow. The Jaffna university student’s union has invited the public to attend the ceremony tomorrow morning. In a public notice, the Jaffna university student’s union says the death of hundreds of Tamils during the final stages of the war in 2009 was the biggest massacre of a single community.  Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war began in the North and East last week. Northern provincial council members and families of those killed during the final stages of the war attended the events. Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingham said earlier that the main event will be staged in Mullivaikal tomorrow. In the […]

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

RELATED STORY: ‘We just wanted to wave, say hello’: Cocos Islanders say boat arrivals flown away RELATED STORY: Sri Lankan would-be migrants returned by Australia ‘may be’ in detention MAP: Sri Lanka A human rights and refugee lawyer in Sri Lanka has accused Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers who reached the Cocos Islands. Key points: Lawyer says Australian Government “talking rubbish” about breaking people smugglers’ business model Says most Sri Lankan asylum seekers buy their own boats Accuses Australia of breaching Refugee Convention Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Two […]

Lankan born girl in UK gets IQ higher than Einstein

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan born child prodigy with an IQ higher than Albert Einstein is celebrating becoming a unique member of Mensa in the UK. Nishi Uggalle, ten, is one of the youngest people in the country to score the highest possible mark of 162 in the IQ society’s supervised testing. The Mensa Supervised IQ Test can only be taken by children aged over ten-and-a-half and consists of two separate industry-standard assessments.  One measures mainly verbal reasoning skills and the other, which includes diagrams and images, assesses visual and spatial logic. And Nishi, from Audenshaw in Tameside, scored the highest possible mark of 162 in the first test – known as the Cattell III B score. She scored 142 in the second element, the Culture Fare […]

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar holds talks with Maithripala and Mahinda

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Humanitarian, spiritual leader, ambassador of peace and the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is on a visit to Sri Lanka, also met several other politicians in Colombo. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday on an invitation extended by Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage. The spiritual guru was in Sri Lanka to declare open the Seetha Eliya Amman Temple Nuwara Eliya. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had in the past called for peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and during the war he had urged the LTTE to give up violence.(Colombo Gazette)

Healing the wounds of war in Sri Lanka

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Does political stability have an effect on the plight of refugees? If a country has been plagued by decades of infighting, can political stability increase the prospects for reconciliation and a lasting peace? Sri Lanka is witnessing a complex, transformative era in politics — President Maithripala Sirisena’s victory in January last year, coupled with the election of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in August that year — underscore the momentum for political reform in the country. There are three key lessons to note of the political developments in Sri Lanka since, and its impact on the minority Tamils. FIRST, the Sirisena administration is determined to foster lasting peace. As a result of the amendments to the Constitution, much presidential power has been decentralised to Parliament. The […]

Sri Lanka moving ahead with Panama Papers probe, says minister

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

May 17, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government is following up on the Panama Papers leaks and has requested for an official list from authorities in Panama, State Minister for National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera said. “Central Bank Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has contacted authorities in Panama to obtain an official list,” Perera told Lanka Business Online. “Based on the list we will request a police investigations unit to commence investigations,” he said. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists last week released a searchable database of more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world, and includes information about companies, […]

Britain and Sri Lanka at anti-corruption summit

15th May 2016 // 0 Comments

It was to be the mother of all international anti-corruption summits. Last week’s one-day meeting in London attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, one of 11 heads of State or government participating, was to be the high point of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s personal crusade against corruption. But despite all of No. 10, Downing Street hoopla, the summit seemed to fall off the launch pad just as the attempts of a group of Sri Lankans to protest against President Sirisena’s treatment of the Mahinda Rajapaksa clan and perceived injustices. They gathered outside Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat. It was the wrong day and the wrong place. The new Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland was holding a pre-summit conference on a similar theme at […]

No action against ministerial crooks in MAHINDA Regime

15th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Legal action had been delayed in relation to 43 files sent by the FCID to the Attorney General for legal advice. “These files are related to investigations into serious financial frauds committed by Ministers, MPs and relations of those in the former Mahinda Rajapaksa regime”, a senior spokesman for the Attorney General’s Department told Ceylon Today. The spokesman said that all files sent by the FCID are re-checked by Senior Additional Solicitor General Kapila Vaidyaratna, head of the Criminal Division. However, the Department was delaying action in connection with Ministers and MPs of the Rajapaksa regime although there is evidence against them. Only several civil society activists like Uduve Dhammaloka Thero have been indicted to date,he said. “We cannot understand the reasons for […]

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