Sampanthan tells Commonwealth SG govt action on promises ‘slow and inadequate’

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition and TNA R. Sampanthan has informed the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland that the progress shown by the incumbent government on delivering the promises it had made locally and internationally was “slow and inadequate.” He made those observations when the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General met with him at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament yesterday (3), a statement issued by the TNA said. It said: “Briefing the Secretary-General Sampanthan pointed out that even though the war has come to an end, we still don’t have complete peace and harmony among the people. Further speaking Sampanthan said, “people had a great deal of hope with the change of Government particularly the minorities. They expected the government to deliver on […]

Commonwealth Secretary-General assures support for new Constitution of Sri Lanka

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland  assured Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance Mr Sampanthan that Commonwealth will continue to support the ongoing new Constitution making processes. The Secretary-General who met Opposition Leader at Parliament yesterday, appreciated Mr Sampanthan for his moderation and for being an ambassador for peace. Briefing the Secretary-General Mr Sampanthan pointed out that even though the war has come to an end, we still don’t have complete peace and harmony among the people. Further speaking Mr Sampanthan said, “people had a great deal of hope with the change of Government particularly the minorities. They expected the government to deliver on the promises it made both locally and internationally. A new Constitution which will alter the structure […]

British High Commissioner hosts visiting Commonwealth SG

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka  James Dauris hosted visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland and representatives of Commonwealth countries based in Colombo at a roundtable meeting at his residence, today ( August 3). The meeting was attended by representatives from the High Commissions of Australia, Canada, Pakistan and South Africa, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the British HC in Colombo said in a media release. Introducing the Secretary General, the British High Commissioner reminded colleagues that the UK has three central intentions for its two years as Chair in Office. The first, to ensure fulfilment, as far as possible, of the commitments made at the very successful CHOGM, earlier this year. The commitments made fall under four strands: fairness, sustainability, […]

Mahinda who militarised the country now accuses Maithiri

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda was upset because this government had engaged the forces for investigations into drug offences and murders in order to  hang them. It is said that most of the drug dealers and gangsters were used by the former government and they still have a close link with the former government leaders. He said that the current government is transferring the duties of the police to the Forces and this cannot be allowed. During the Rajapaksha rule kidnapping and killing anyone who opposes his family or who exposes any frauds by his family members or supporters were part of day to day life. Minority were treated like second class citizens. Law and Order were not in force and White vans kidnapping and driving with the support of […]

President Sirisena’s message was personally conveyed to Karunanidhi’s son

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today wished ailing 94-year-old DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi a speedy recovery. After offering prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple near here, he had a brief chat with reporters outside the shrine. “The ailing Karunanidhi will soon recover and I wish him a speedy recovery.” Wickremesinghe said he had spoken to DMK working president M K Stalin yesterday about his fathers health condition. Replying to a query on the problem Tamil Nadu fishermen face in the waters bordering the island nation, Wickremesinghe said, “The issue is settling down and we are trying to solve it.” By Manekshaw President Maithripala Sirisena had sent a message for the speedy recovery of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kalagam (DMK) Leader, […]

Germany arrests suspect over alleged Sri Lanka war crimes

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing captured government soldiers as a member of the Tamil Tigers rebel group a decade ago. Federal prosecutors said a judge ordered Thursday the 36-year-old, identified only as Sivatheeban B. because of German privacy rules, detained pending a potential indictment. He was arrested Wednesday in the Duesseldorf area, suspected of committing war crimes and membership in a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say he belonged to the Tamil Tigers from 2006-2009. They allege that, in 2008, he tied up 16 soldiers and guarded them as they were driven to a site where they were shot. Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 when government forces defeated the rebels, who fought to […]

MAHINDA upset over increase of vehicle tax.

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday warned foreign countries not to accept any asset offered by the Sri Lankan government saying he would ‘pay attention’ to these agreements when they come to power. Addressing the ‘Jana Bala Sena’ protest rally organised by the Joint Opposition at the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo, Mr. Rajapaksa said the government was leasing out national assets such as the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport in an authoritarian manner. “There is a group of people behind this sale of assets. We request the international players not to purchase anything offered by this government. We will pay attention to them when we come to power. The government was not given a mandate to sell any asset,” he said. He criticized […]

Years After “Black July” and End of War We are Still Left With the Question ” Quo Vadis Sri Lanka?” (Where Are You Going Sri Lanka

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

31 Years After The Signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord Signed By Rajiv Gandhi and J.R.Jayewardene on on July 29th 1987. By Pramod De Silva It is now exactly 31 years since the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed in Colombo on July 29, 1987, between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene amidst political turmoil in Colombo and military advances in the North. The Accord was signed “Attaching utmost importance to nurturing, intensifying and strengthening the traditional friendship of Sri Lanka and India, and acknowledging the imperative need of resolving the ethnic problem of Sri Lanka, and the consequent violence, and for the safety, well-being and prosperity of people belonging to all communities of Sri Lanka”. India always took a […]

Bogollagama praises previous govt arranging Paisley visits

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

US embassy Colombo sidesteps query on Haley’s assessment of HRC as UN’s ‘greatest failure’ Bogollagama praises previous govt arranging Paisley visits Nikki by Shamindra Ferdinando The US embassy in Colombo sent The Island a statement that reiterated US commitment to ensure the full implementation of the 2015 United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka in spite of the superpower finding fault with the Geneva-based UNHRC in June 2018. That statement was in response to The Island query: Against the backdrop of Geneva body addressing accountability issues and taking tangible measures in respect of Sri Lanka in accordance with 2015 Resolution spearheaded by the US (co-sponsored by Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration), don’t you think Ambassador Nikki Haley’s assessment of the UN agency is not fair? […]

Those accused of war crimes must be brought to justice – Ex-AI Chief

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) Salil Shetty who stepped down from his post, recently, in the belief that leaders should not hang onto their posts, whether in Government, Corporations or NGOs, tells Ceylon Today, “While the war has ended, many feel the conflict has not.” The Amnesty has been using UN expert panel statistics which estimated that up to 40,000 Sri Lankan civilians were killed in the final, bloody months of the war. How do you defend this estimation as being correct compared to the Government’s stance that between 7,000 to 8,000 would have been killed according to Lord Naseby’s endorsement? Is the UNHRC still standing by those figures? A: This is a much-rehearsed question.  Let us remind ourselves that […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Think His “Economic Empowerment” Solution Will Result in the Sri Lankan Tamils Giving Up Their Long Struggle For Political Equality and Rights?

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Does Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Think His “Economic Empowerment” Solution Will Result in the Sri Lankan Tamils Giving Up Their Long Struggle For Political Equality and Rights? A leading English-language newspaper reported on Saturday, July 28, in a story entitled ‘Prez polls 2019’ that: “Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (July 26) told Colombo-based senior Tamil print and electronic journalists that countrywide economic empowerment was the key to post-war stability…Rajapaksa said so when the Tamil media sought his views on a gamut of issues, ranging from the status of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution enacted consequent to the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord to the government responsibility in respect of squatters…V. Thanabalasingam, former chief editor of a popular Tamil Daily and currently consultant at another reputed Tamil language newspaper, tweeted […]

Government Needs To Build On Its Northern Achievements

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera Military personnel stationed in the North are often perplexed when told that their continued presence is objectionable to the local population. Their experience is different. When they ask the people about their presence, the answer they say they receive is a positive one whether in term of preserving law and order or in terms of providing material assistance. The sceptic would point out no civilian population in a post-war setting would be willing to tell uniformed military personnel that their continued presence is objectionable. But this may not be the only truth of the matter. On a visit to the North we went to the northernmost point of the country in Point Pedro. A plaque there says that this area was […]

Mahinda group conspiring to avoid holding a presidential election

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Chamal No, Dinesh No, opposition has no winning ‘jockey’ for 2020 presidential election ! Vasu laments – conspiracy the only solution (video) (Lanka e News – 30.July.2018, 7.30AM) The pro Rajapakses  following the defeat on 2015-01-08 ,who have not changed and  stranded  at one place in the opposition are unable to select a suitable candidate for the presidential election, and  are hence conspiring to avoid holding a presidential election , said Vasudeva Nanayakkara , who is himself  a key figure  among the pro Rajapakse group  when addressing the TTV , a new media channel. He went on to say the quandary is so deep that they have agreed to abstain from speaking about a presidential candidate . Yet , when responding to a question posed […]

Gota’s conspiracy hatched in Vihara: his ‘military junta’ to create an LTTE ‘ghost’ under guise of searching for buried LTTE weapons !

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments (Lanka e News -31.July.2018, 11.45PM) The search  for the arms and gold  hidden by the LTTE which is being  carried out by digging at various places. Though nothing was found these  operations are well planned and conducted by the pensioned military major General junta who are now  moving heaven and earth to propel Gotabaya to power. During the initial stages  following the good  governance government coming into power , based on  spurious information employing various individuals searches for  weapons and gold  of the LTTE were conducted in the North. It is specially noteworthy , this is now a futile  routine operation so much so it is being carried out weekly. The latest of this series of  excavation  was that conducted in the Ammankulam tank […]

Mahinda and Sajin Vaas put Ian Paisley in trouble!

2nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President received a Dubai night life gift from Sajin Vass! It took only one night for Sajin Vaas to take complete control over Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former President met Sajin Vaas for the first time in Dubai. Popular businessman Ravi Wijeratne had acted as the intermediary between the two parties. Sajin Vaas gifted the former President a chance to experience Dubai night life. By the time Mahinda Rajapaksa returned, Sajin Vaas had already become his chief counselor. Those who know about Sajin Vaas say it is a miracle to see someone who does not surrender to his Wine, Women and Wallet theory. Eventually, an MP of the British parliament also became a victim of Sajin Vaas. Sajin Vaas put Ian Paisley in trouble! MP […]

Abduction of 11 youths: Some Defense counsel requested to favour Navy individuals: CID

1st August 2018 // 0 Comments

During the magisterial inquiry relating to the alleged abduction of 11 youths in 2008, Director of the CID Shani Abeysekara today revealed that, several years ago, some of the defence lawyers, who currently represent the suspects, have requested him to favour several Navy individuals, who were at that time not named as suspects into the inquiry. At the onset of the inquiry, President’s Counsel Shavendra Fernando and Counsel Asith Siriwardena raised a question over the inclusion of some details relating to them made by the prosecution on February 8, 2018 in the B report. In February, the prosecution in a further report had included about some alleged involvement of the two defence counsel in the investigations. These details only appeared in the B report as […]

Immediate developments of Northern and Eastern provinces under President’s supervision

1st August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Presidential Task Force appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to monitor the development projects conducted in Northern and  Eastern provinces where the development activities retarded due to the war held its first meeting, chaired by the President at the President’s office today(30). President Sirisena insisted that that people should be provided immediate benefits making that development programme more efficient and systematic. President also mentioned that even though the government has done a considerable amount of work to uplift and the lives of the people and develop infrastructure in the Northern and Eastern provinces the people are not sufficiently aware of it. The President also said that government has obtained positive results in the programme conducted to build national reconciliation and co- existence among the people […]

Alleged youth abduction case Two Navy Officers allowed bail

1st August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Colombo High Court yesterday (30) granted bail, under strict conditions, to two Navy Intelligence officers, who were in remand on charges of abducting and causing the disappearance of 11 children from Colombo and its suburbs 10 years ago. The bail order was given by High Court Judge Champa Rajaratne, having considered a petition filed by K. Gamini and Thushara Mendis. The High Court Judge ordered each suspect to be released on cash bail in Rs 100,000 each and two sureties of Rs 500,000 each. She also ordered that the wives of the two suspects and a Government servant should be produced as guarantors. Judge Rajaratne also impounded the passports of the two suspects and ordered that their passports be handed over to the Court. […]

Losing Santhia, part two: from cubs to Tigers

30th July 2018 // 0 Comments In October 2017, Santhia, a former high ranking cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (“Homelands”), died in a Jakarta hospital. She was only 42. Almost a decade earlier, she had fled Sri Lanka, via Tamil Nadu, India, with her young son. She had tried to reach Australia, but was stranded in Indonesia. Sponsored by the Tamil Refugee Council, Red Flag editor Ben Hillier travelled to Sri Lanka and Indonesia in November to piece together her story. Santhia’s life was extraordinary yet common; her fate bound to the decades-long national liberation struggle of the Tamils. This is part two in a continuing series. Part one can be found here. Along the Pannai causeway linking Jaffna peninsula with Mandaitivu and Kayts islands, egrets, black-headed ibises and Eurasian wigeons bathe in […]

Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamils

30th July 2018 // 0 Comments

On Anniversary of Black July, International Community Should Recognize Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamils Washington, D.C.; July 23, 2018 – On the 35th anniversary of the start of “Black July” 1983, PEARL remembers the Tamil victims, survivors, and generations affected by all of Sri Lanka’s atrocities against the Tamil people. Thirty-five years ago this week, the government of Sri Lanka sponsored a brutal anti-Tamil pogrom, tantamount to genocide, that killed more than 3000 Tamils. The government provided voter registration lists to Sinhala mobs so they could identify Tamils and attack them, their residences, and their businesses. The violence lasted for over one week and destroyed 5000 shops and 8000 homes, displacing more than 150,000 Tamils. The Sinhala mobs also raped hundreds of Tamil women and even […]

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