Sri Lanka’s Secrets! How Rajapaksa gets away with murder Book Launch

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Secrets” is published by Monash University Publishing with a foreword by eminent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC. Grant said that the motivation to write this book came out of life stories that he kept hearing from Tamil asylum-seekers in Australia. “I work closely with these people as a convenor with the Tamil Refugee Council, helping torture victims, presenting the Tamil Manifest show on Melbourne radio 3CR and driving a van to deliver clothing, food and furniture to those struggling to exist under Australia’s heartless refugee policy. In my travels I heard horrendous tales about the precarious existence for Tamils in their traditional homeland, before, during and after the war,” he said. “I have been a journalist in the mainstream Australian media for […]

11 Opposition Party Offices Attacked in 24 Hours as Violence Intensifies in Uva with UPFA Candidates Transporting Goons into Province.

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita Eleven election offices of the Opposition Political Parties, including four of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), were attacked on Saturday night and early yesterday in the Moneragala District. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said Saturday had been one of the most tense days in the recent election campaign and supporters of a leading United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate were behind the attacks. “JVP offices in Obbegoda, Mariyarawa and Weliyaya, in Moneragala and Mayuragama, in Kataragama, have been attacked. Meanwhile, seven offices of other Opposition Parties have also been attacked. JVP candidate for the Moneragala District, Anura Kumara Wickremasinghe has said that a leading UPFA candidate was behind the attack,” said CaFFE Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon. Several UPFA candidates have […]

Powerful Government Minister protects drug leader with the blessing of President.

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Thusitha Chamara alias “Kudu Chamara” has been arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division today at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while he was trying to flee the country under a fake identity. The suspect is now being held and questioned. He was arrested on 20 June for the possession of 500g of heroin and was remanded. The suspect was admitted to the Mahara hospital due to an illness while in custody from where he escaped and was in the run. By Nirmala Kannangara Following the arrest of Don Nuwan Udaya Gunathilakealias Kudu Nuwan on Wednesday (August 20) at Meetotamulla for possessing 300 gm of heroin, members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha (PS), whilst hailing the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) for the arrest, questioned how long the police would […]

Presidential commissions cost Rs 270M What has happened to their reports?

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Currently, the general public has been made to believe that special commissions of inquiry are a method used by the government to simply suppress dissent or Opposition by the people on certain matters, and as a time consuming method, when the government wants to avoid certain issues from being addressed.As the time passes, one forgets what commission was appointed to look into what particular issue. A follow-up on such commissions was hardly carried out and whether the commission submits a report to the appointing authority or whether the government or relevant authorities have adopted recommendations made by such commissions, remain a lesser known fact.  On the other hand, while many decry such commissions as merely time consuming, what most people forget is they virtually drain public […]

Government Thugs set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

A communique issued by the JVP states a band of thugs of the UPFA has set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP and pasted posters of the UPFA candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa. The communique states: “We express our disgust and condemnation regarding the attacks carried out by the government that is at the threshold of an election defeat. During the past 48 hours 14 legally put up election offices of the JVP candidates for the Uva PC election have been attacked by thugs. The gangs of thugs that have attacked the offices have destroyed decorations and have set fire to them. The attacks by the government escalate day by day and interestingly, most of these attacks have taken place in Monaragala District.  Certain offices […]

Black money: India get Swiss banks’ data of hoarders

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi, August 25: Tax investigators pursuing instances of black money stashed abroad by Indians have finally been able to circumvent the Swiss secrecy code by asking over 100 such account holders to submit on their own details of personal balances in these banks, brought under the tax net recently, for lesser penal action for evasion. The tax effect in these cases could be about Rs 50-80 crore, according to sources. Faced by non-cooperation from Switzerland owing to the alpine nation’s “domestic legal barriers” and “treaty limitations”, the Finance Ministry’s probe wing under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) confronted the people who were named in the secret list of at least two Swiss banks that was provided to them “through both official and […]

Sri Lanka Next to North Korea And Syria – New York Times Editorial

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Following Sri Lankan President’s gloating comments last week on barring access to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigators into the country, the New York Times has noted the remarks have placed Sri Lanka right alongside North Korea and Syria. In a strongly worded editorial published on Friday titled “Sri Lankaís Intransigence”, it has been pointed out that refusing access to the UNHRC investigations carrying out the probe on Sri Lanka has placed the country in the company of North Korea and Syria – two countries that also barred access to UN human rights investigators. The editorial board has expressed doubts on the comments by President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka being able to handle the inquiry on its own, as it was the failure to do so ,that prompted […]

The Claim That NGOs Are A Threat To National Security

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – This is a very troubled period for civil society.  The free space for activism that is outside of the government sphere has shrunk due to the policy of centralization adopted by the government.  Institutions of the state that are meant to be relatively independent of the government have come under political control.  This has had the effect of weakening the system of checks and balances that ensures good governance.  It is not surprising that NGOs, which are part of that larger system of governance, and which focus on issues of governance and human rights should feel themselves to be under siege. The negative comments against NGOs by government leaders are part of a trend that seeks to make them a national security problem that […]

Government wakes up from its slumber : says MaRa’s sudden tour of US was in view of a pre-planned appointment

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 24.Aug.2014, 8.30PM) It is by now a well known fact that some media websites including Lanka e news which publish parallel reports posted the news that Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse was struck by a sudden illness and taken abroad immediately . Following these reports the government which strangely remained silent for a day and slept with eyes widely opened , had suddenly woken up as suddenly as Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse flew to the US ,and made an official announcement . No matter what , it is a fact that Percy Mahendra Rajapkse was flown to Houston city , Texas , America on Satureday (23) at about 2.30 p.m. USA time. Dudley Rajapakse a citizen of America residing at Houston is a brother of Percy […]

Assist RR’s Sports Day on Sunday, 07 Sept 2014 from 11AM

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

We would like to invite you to our Sports Day to raise funds to carry out livelihood projects in the East and Vanni and a cataract camp in Mullaitivu. Thousands of families are struggling to make their end meets after the end of the war. Data available for Mullaithivu district indicates that there are nearly 84% of the total families in Mullaithivu district earn less than Rs 5000 per month and around 18% of this 74% earn less than Rs 1500 per month. This data also shows that there are only 26% of the total employable persons are in some kind of employment as at 31 Dec 2012. The remainder of 74% of the employable persons in this district are unemployed and struggling for their […]

Government Slams NPC, TNA

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

On 29 July 1987, Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene which stated the devolution powers to the provinces. Hence on 14 November 1987 the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act No 42 of 1987 to establish provincial councils. The Thirteenth Amendment (13A) to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which created Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka.[1] This also made Sinhala and Tamil as the official language of the country and English as link language. After 28 years had gone but to date the Tamil is NOT used as a official language in most of the councils and the Northern and Eastern councils are NOT allowed to run independently as they are dominated by Tamils. The governor if the Northern council is a Military commander. […]

Grave Mistake by Muslim Leaders!

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has made a grave error by supporting the 18th Amendment when it was introduced by the government, Hasan Ali, General Secretary of the party told Ceylon Today. He said the SLMC has to accept that grave error, adding that the party’s stance to support the Amendment, was not made clear to most of the members. “Our Party made the gravest mistake by supporting the 18th Amendment, and there were some members who were compelled to support the Amendment. Therefore, we had no other choice than to support it,” he said. Ali added that when important matters, and important decisions were taken; it was not discussed with party members. However, he said it was at the people’s request that all […]

OHCHR Strengthens Probe

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strengthened its investigation on the war in Sri Lanka, by adding more clauses to the terms of reference (TOR) which includes a clause on the assistance expected from foreign governments, and the basis under which findings of the investigation will be accepted. The new clauses note that consistent with the practice of other United Nations fact-finding bodies, the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) will base its findings on “reasonable grounds to believe” standard of proof. The terms of reference states there are reasonable grounds to believe that an incident or pattern of violations or crimes occurred if the OISL has obtained a reliable body of information, consistent with other information, […]

Visa On Hold For US Journalist

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The External Affairs Ministry says a request for a visa by a Delhi based US journalist has been put on hold as the time is not conducive to approve his visit. South Asia Correspondent for The New York Times, Gardiner Harris, had tweeted saying he had applied for a Journalist visa in June to visit Sri Lanka but he is yet to be granted the same. When The Sunday Leader made inquiries in this regard, a spokesperson at the External Affairs Ministry confirmed that a request had been received from Gardiner Harris to visit Sri Lanka to report on some local incidents including incidents related to Aluthgama. He also said the Sri Lankan High Commission in India had been advised to put the visa request on hold. The government is […]

Drug war: Deal with UN

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Govt move to stop mafia dons using sea route and making Lanka heroin hub A shift in narcotics trafficking patterns from land-based routes across the Central Asian region to maritime channels and Colombo becoming a strategic hub have prompted the Government to sign an agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In terms of the agreement, the UNODC will “develop mechanisms and provide support” with the help of foreign navies to help Sri Lanka accept a limited number of vessels and crew detained in the high seas and found to be in possession of large quantities of heroin. Sri Lanka will be entitled to consider each request on a case by case basis. The UNODC will ensure that support is provided both […]

Sri Lanka trying to buy members of US Senate!

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

US probes monitoring MP’s huge deals with PR firms Sri Lanka will pay for PR/lobbying firms in the US will thus be a staggering US$ 2,140,000  US$ 683,635 (or over Rs. 88.87 million) was paid to TAG last year.  Mahinda furious at Sambanthan who said ‘We want to live within a united, undivided Sri Lanka”  Commission probing Disappearances and now tasked to probe alleged war crimes could go on for “two or even three years.”  says President. Cheating and Not keeping his promises is part of President Mahinda. Revelations in the Sunday Times in the past two weeks have prompted a review of mandatory information forwarded to the US Department of Justice by public relations (PR) and lobbying firms assigned by Sri Lanka using vast sums […]

Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka’s poverty-stricken Northern Province, residents say they must stretch the few resources they have in order to survive. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS ODDUSUDDAN, Sri Lanka, Aug 24 2014 (IPS) – In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil. Village lore in Oddusuddan, located in the Mullaitivu district, some 338 km north of the capital Colombo, has it that the land is so fertile, anything will grow here. But Mashewari Vellupillai, a 53-year-old single mother, knows that rich farmland alone is not enough to ensure a viable future. Thirty years […]

Gary Anandasangaree Wins Nomination as Scarborough Rouge Park Constituency Liberal Party Candidate for Canadian Parliamentary Elections.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Gary Anandasangaree has won the nomination election for the Scarborough Rouge Park constituency on behalf of the Liberal Party in Canada. On 20th August, nomination election was held to select the next Federal Liberal candidate for the Scarborough Rouge-Park constituency for the general election to be held in 2015 in Canada. The three candidates for the nomination race were Gary Anandasangaree, Bhardwaj Ashwani and Michael Johnson. Despite the series of slander, false allegation and propaganda on Gary has crossed all the hurdles. Gary Anandasangaree, a human rights activist and a lawyer, has dedicated the better part of his adult life to fighting all forms of inequality and injustice. Over the years, Gary has worked to bring issues that are of great importance to the Tamil […]

International Credit Agencies Imposing “Sanctions Clauses”in Agreements with Sri Lanka in Anticipation of Economic Sanctions by West Against the Country.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Jayasuriya This week, the global insurance giant, American International Group (AIG), announced that it was pulling out from Sri Lanka, effective from 31 August. The decision to withdraw from the Sri Lankan market was first communicated as early as June this year. AIG’s share in the local insurance market is a meagre 0.3 per cent and its withdrawal is unlikely to have an impact on the local market. An AIG statement attributed the pull out to the on -going effort to streamline its operations. General Manager of AIG’s Colombo office, Baldev Singh was on record as saying, “the decision was based on the assessment of current size, future potential cost of capital and various other performances and economic indicators.” In the same week, US […]

“Islamic Terrorism” Poses Threat to Sri Lanka Reiterates Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

By P K Balachandran COLOMBO: In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to the island nation. Since the LTTE’s defeat, some of the Muslim groups in Lanka have begun to engage in activities that go “far beyond self-protection”, he said in the journal brought out by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO). “There is information that some of these groups have even tried to link up with global Islamic terrorist organisations. This is a situation that requires careful monitoring,” Gotabaya said. “Some Islamic groups in Lanka have started to establish ties with LTTE-linked agents to create further problems,” he further said. According to […]

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