On Unlawful Arrest & Deportation Of The British Tourist

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By JC Weliamuna – Unlawful Arrest & Deportation of British Tourist: A close look at the series of illegal steps taken by law enforcement authorities Ms. Naomi Michelle Coleman, a British Tourist with wide travel experience in many Buddhist Countries who had a large tattoo of the Buddha and of a Hindu God on a lotus flower  on her right arm, arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2014. She passed through immigration counters and came out of the Airport to the arrivals lounge and came out of the main arrival building. She responded to the media before being deported and disclosed what happened to her at the time of arrest: “taxi driver then approached her and said that her body art would be a problem. I said I’ve come twice […]

This Government Cares Too Hoots For ‘Good Governance’

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Vishnuguptha – This Government cares too hoots for ‘good governance’ They think it’s their grandmother’s gift… It is rumored in Colombo circles that Priyantha Jayewardene was once employed by a Sri Lankan business tycoon who was known to be very close to Chandrika Bandaranaike when she was President and when the current holder assumed office, this businessman managed to carve his path to the inner circles of the regime. He is a mega player in financial circles, not only in Sri Lanka but may be even in the entire subcontinent. His personal wealth, thanks mainly to the opening of the economy in 1977 by the United National Party Government, is enormous and some say beyond physical measure. Well, that is beside the point. Nevertheless, this tycoon’s money has virtually assured […]

Sri Lanka, Maldives are transit point for Pakistan terror on India

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka and Maldives are under the scanner of India’s security establishment as sources and transit points for Pakistan-supported terror elements who may be used to target vital installations in southern India, Sources here said both countries were well aware of the emerging developments and have been coordinating more carefully in recent times. Maldives is a place of particular concern because of the radical elements, many of whom got indoctrinated in Pakistan. This was brought to sharper attention after a Sri Lankan national, Shakir Husain, arrested in Chennai last week. He reportedly admitted to conducting surveillance of US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore, something David Headley had done before the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes. Hussain’s arrest, officials said, was a multi-national operation, including […]

65 years old Dambulla Muslim Mosque demolished: NUA leader writes to MR

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 “We have never had religious-based violence, maybe a few incidents,” President Mahinda said yesterday. (Lanka-e-News-06.May.2014,11.30PM)7th May 2014His Excellency Mahinda RajapaksaPresident of the Democratic, Socialist Republic of Sri LankaPresidential SecretariatColombo.Your ExcellencyAttempts to demolish the Mosque in DambullaThe initial attempt at bringing down the 65 year old mosque initiated by a so called hidden hand continues to haunt your regime. You will remember that I brought this to your notice the day prior to this incident and failed to receive any response from you, until a senior minister in your government confirmed that the mosque in question was indeed 65 years old.In the ensuing drama and at a general meeting you assured the Muslim community that the mosque at Dambulla will not be touched.Despite your assurance and proclamation […]

Canada warns of risk of further violence in Sri Lanka

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Canada has reportedly warned that there is a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of the underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with. Matthew Russell Lee has written in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a recent meeting held at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York. The report has said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva has sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army. He has said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations and form an opinion.” At the May 6 session, Inner City Press was informed that Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski had spoken […]

JHU, NFF stays away from UPFA parliamentary group meeting

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Several governing party allies who voted against the three controversial gazette notifications under the Strategic Development Act at the last parliamentary session have not been present at the government parliamentary group meeting held on Monday (5). Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) members, Minister Champika Ranawaka and MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero were not present at the meeting. The two JHU members also voted against the bill. NFF Leader Minister Wimal Weerawansa was also not present at the meeting. He abstained from voting and openly criticized the government for attempting to open big casinos.

Army says Tamils will not be allowed to remember the 40,000+ Tamil Civilians they killed in May 2009.

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The army has said that Tamil students will not be allowed to hold commemorative events at the Jaffna university in remembrance of killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by them in May 2009 during the final stages of the war in Mullivaikal. Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Udaya Perera had met the Jaffna university administration and student union representatives at the Thalsevana resort in Jaffna yesterday. According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, Perera had said that Mullivaikal where the Sinhala Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009 will not be allowed to remembered or respected by Tamils in North, No events cannot take place by Tamil students to respect the Tamil civiliance they killed. He had said that students can, individually, have events in […]

Now, they are coming for cops

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

In the early hours of Tuesday an unidentified gang abducted two traffic policemen on duty in Kurunegala, assaulted them and shot one of them dead; the other managed to escape. If the police personnel are not safe on public roads, how vulnerable the ordinary people are goes without saying.   The motive for Tuesday’s abduction and killing has not yet been established. But, the incident ought to jolt the police into action. A policeman and his wife died violent deaths at the hands of a criminal gang dealing in drugs some months ago in Kamburupitiya. Of late, there has been a spate of high-profile armed robberies besides various other crimes. Some suspects have been taken into custody, but much more remains to be done. No […]

Five years on, where we are now: Reconciliation, the Rule of Law and governance

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It is five years now after the defeat of the LTTE. As the Government then claimed it marked the end of terrorism and the beginning of a new era of reconciliation and renewal throughout Sri Lanka. The Government’s specific goals were the restoration of peace, rehabilitation of the ravages of war, rapid development of all sectors of the economy, the return of the rule of Law and increasing prosperity for all. In the North, as it was admitted, the most severely affected region, a large and powerful official Task Force set up for the rapid development of the Province, launched – the uthuru vasanthaya – a felicitously named northern spring. Established under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Economic Development, reconciliation between the two estranged ethnic communities was to […]

“Counter diaspora influence with strong domestic process”: EU Ambassador

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Head of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka, Ambassador David Daly, speaks to the Daily FT about the bloc’s motivations to rigorously pursue accountability, the promotion of human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, underscoring the need for the Sri Lankan Government to treat the actions at the UN Human Rights Council with the seriousness it deserves. Following are excerpts: Q: What has the EU’s role been in post-war Sri Lanka?  A: We have been heavily involved in the post-conflict situation and the post-tsunami situation, with humanitarian aid. We have been shifting our aid program progressively from humanitarian aid, to post conflict, to normal development. We are building 20,000 houses for displaced families; in fact we are looking to see whether we can add to that […]

Rishad files a case against the BBS

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a lawsuit against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) claiming Rs 500 Mn (US $ 3.82 Mn) as compensation. The case has been filed in Colombo District courts by lawyers representing Minister Bathiudeen. The case was filed against the secretary of the BBS, the venerable Galagodaathe Gnanasara after the monk had failed to respond to a letter seeking an apology over some comments he had made against the Minister. “The action was filed at the Colombo District Court against the malicious, false and defamatory remarks that were made by Ven. Galagodaathe Gnanasara thero at a press conference held in Colombo on or around March 20th 2014,” the Minister’s office said. During the Press Conference the monk had said that […]

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando surrenders

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has surrendered to the police in connection to the attack on a group of UNP parlimentarians in Hambantota, which took place a few weeks ago. Police stated that the mayor was released after obtaining a statement on Tuesday night.A special investigation is being carried out into the attack by Galle DIG Gamini Mathurata . Four individuals have been taken into the custody following the attack. Pictures of the Hambantota mayor holding a gun during this incident were published in several newspapers.

Police shaken by daring abduction of two cops and killing of one

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala Two unarmed traffic constables attached to Kurunegala police station were abducted, while they were on duty, by unidentified armed men, who arrived in a white van in the early hours of yesterday at Barawedapola junction in the Kurunegala town and one of them was shot dead about two kilometres away near a jungle. The deceased had received two gun shot injuries to his back. He was lying fully naked on the ground. The abductors had stripped them naked. The other constable had survived by hanging on to the T-56 assault rifle that shot dead his fellow constable and pulling out its magazine. After killing the one constable, the abductors targeted the escaped constable who was at the time in the vehicle fully […]

India to grill Pakistan/Lankan terror suspect

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Intelligence officials from Andhra Pradesh are to interrogate Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan arrested by the Tamil Nadu police days before recent terror attack in Chennai, The Hindu newspaper quoted Deputy police chief B. Prasada Rao as saying. They would elicit information if Hussain and his handlers had planned any attacks here, he said at a press conference replying to a question if the terror operatives behind Chennai attack had targeted Andhra Pradesh. Referring to Tamil Nadu DGP statement that the target of bomb planters could not have been Chennai, Rao said investigation was on to ascertain facts. “Investigation is inconclusive on this angle. We’re not yet sure if the terror suspects planted the bombs in the train at Bangalore, Chennai or somewhere in between […]

President had secret meeting with BBS!

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a secret meeting with Bodu Bala Sena representatives last night (23), say Temple Trees sources. This meeting had been arranged by defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya. BBS general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera and theoretician Dr. Dilanthe Withanage had participated in this meeting at Temple Trees. Earlier in the day, as a BBS team that had called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy in the morning was returning to Colombo, the president had telephoned them and invited them for a meeting as soon as possible. Accepting the invitation, they had gone to Temple Trees around 7.00 pm. At this meeting, the president had commended the BBS for its activities, and asked them to carry on doing what the defence […]

Canada warns of risk in Sri Lanka

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Canada has warned that there is a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with, the Innercity press website reported. Matthew Russell Lee wrote in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a meeting held yesterday at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York. The report said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army. He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations and form an opinion.” At the May 6 session, Inner City Press was informed that Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski spoke of a risk of further […]

An end to monk militancy in sight?

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rohana R. Wasala The unsuccessful suicide attempt by a Buddhist monk protesting against cattle slaughter some time ago was the second such event staged by a bhikkhu over a couple of months. In the first incident that occurred in Kandy, a young monk died by burning himself. The apparently suicidal desperation of certain young Bhikkhus demonstrated in these cases may have in some measure catalysed the emergence of a more meaningful remedial process than previously seen on the initiative of the state and the Sangha: On the one hand, the police thwarted the second suicide attempt and arrested the suspect monk on the other, one of the three Buddhist clerical sects, the Amarapura Chapter of Bhikkhus, unanimously banned politics for its members, according to […]

Rawana Balaya insists on having new police unit withdrawn

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A delegation from the Rawana Balaya organisation today handed over a letter to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana demanding that the special police unit set up to look into religious disputes be withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day. The organisation’s secretary the Ven. Ittakande Saddhatissa Thera, when handing over this letter to the deputy minister, asked that the President be requested to withdraw the newly set up police unit because it served no useful purpose. The Ven. Saddhathissa Thera warned that in the event the new police unit was not withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day deadline, the members of the Rawana Balaya organisation would be reluctantly compelled to move in and occupy the ministry building.(Video and text by Darshana Sanjeewa)   È

British Khuram killing: JMO says stab injury was fatal

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Dr. Kithsiri Wijeweera, who is the former Tangalle Hospital JMO presently serving at the Badulla Hospital testifying in the Khuram Sheik murder trial said yesterday it was not the gunshot injury on Khuram’s forehead but the stab injury on his face that had caused instant death.Dr. Wijeweera’s evidence before Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama was led by Senior State Counsel Thusith Mudalige.He revealed this at the trial into the killing of Khuram Sheik and the gang rape of his girlfriend at the Nature Resort in Tangalle on December 24, 2011.The doctor said he performed the autopsy on the corpse of Khuram Sheik on December 25 evening and he found 42 injuries.He said the injury caused to his forehead was from a rifle probably from […]

Minister Weerawansa’s public threats to quit UPFA laughed at

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Norman Palihawadane Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Wijitha Wijayamuni Zoysa yesterday said that Housing, Construction, Engineering Services and Public Utilities Minister was blowing his own trumpet obviously referring to the latter’s public threat to pull out of the ruling alliance. The Wildlife Minister likened his ministerial colleague’s rhetoric to the din that emanates when a kottu roti was made in a wayside boutique. Simply by making a big noise National Freedom Front leader Weerawansa could not scare the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, he added. Kaduwela Mayor G.H.Buddhadasa, who had been at loggerheads with the NFF leader for sometime, also denounced Weerawansa’s behaviour. He said that the Minister was making a big noise about casinos and the international community thinking that he would become more popular, […]

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