Govt. Commission to probe ‘war crimes’

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

President issues proclamation without telling ministers, scope of Paranagama commission broadened; three foreign advisors appointed After resisting for almost five years, the UPFA Government has eventually capitulated to the relentless Western spearheaded international pressure to conduct a domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes during the final stages of the separatist war in May 2009. The move came this week as President Mahinda Rajapaksa trained his guns on three of his ministers at their weekly meeting on Thursday. This was over their different actions. In the crossfire were Ministers Rauff Hakeem, Bandula Gunawardena and Navin Dissanayake. Significantly, the domestic inquiry mechanism will not be a new one. Instead, Rajapaksa has extended the “scope of the mandate” of the existing three-member commission of inquiry probing disappearances. It […]

Solheim says Pope can do what Cameron did

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Eric Solheim, the former Norwegian peace envoy, has protested against a proposal by Tamil Diaspora leaders that Pope Francis should cancel his Sri Lanka tour in view of the prevailing situation in the country. The pope should visit the country and point out the issues that need to be pointed out, says Mr. Solheim in a twitter message, according to BBC Sandeshaya. He has responded to a question by Suren Surendiran of the Global Tamil Forum, who has asked as to whether the Pope should cancel the tour as a mark of protest against violence being unleashed against the Muslims in the island. In his response onhttps://twitter.com/SolheimDAC, Solheim says the Pope could do what British Prime Minister David Cameron had done at the Commonwealth summit […]

Kalinga goes all the way to UK to sue Lanka e news

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News-01.July.2014, 11.30PM) It is a well and widely known fact locally and internationally that Lanka e news website portal was a most unfortunate news website that fell victim to the cruelest witch hunt of the uncouth, uncivilized unlawful Rajapakse regime in Sri Lanka. It is common knowledge that one of its journalists was abducted and subsequently went missing ; one of its news editors was jailed without any valid ground after being subjected to the most vicious and venomous interrogation by the CID ; the chief editor was forced to flee the country ;the website portal was razed to the ground ; case after case were filed against it claiming Rs.500 million in damages for not revealing the source of information regarding its news report […]

More Links Between Govt & BBS

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Despite government Minister Rajitha Senarathne accusing Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General SecretaryGalagodaatte Gnanasara of maintaining links with the Tamil Diaspora, the photograph published alongside his claims have in fact revealed the men posing on either side of the monk are actually strong government supporters or anti-LTTE people. The image that is being circulated with Rajitha’s accusations against Gnanasara had been taken last year during his visit to France. The person standing on the right corner has been identified as EPRLF member Devasan while the individual standing right next to Gnanasara on his right has been identified as Sunil Gamini. Sunil Gamini who had been earlier employed as a coordinating secretary to Government Minister Susil Premajayantha had absconded while he was on an official tour to Europe and had sought asylum afterwards. Colombo […]

NPC Ministers seek to intervene in rights violation case against Chief Minister

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

I was appointed by Mahinda Rajapaksha and I will follow his orders even if it is bad for the war effected Tamils and not the Tamil’s Leader  the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C. V. Wigneswaran who wants to help the war effected Tamils. –  Mrs. Vijayalakshi Ramesh –  Four Northern Provincial Council Ministers yesterday sought to intervene in the fundamental rights violation application filed by the Provincial Secretary to the Northern Province, Mrs. Vijayalakshi Ramesh, citing as the first respondent, Chief Minister of the Province, C. V. Wigneswaran Mrs. Ramesh has complained to the Supreme Court that the Chief Minister has no power to interfere in her official activities, as she is appointed by the President, the Head of State. Counsel for Mrs. Ramesh, Gomin Dayasiri, […]

When Big Brother begins to watch

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

As reported in Tuesday’s issue of this newspaper, the Department of Police is to shortly begin the second phase of the programme to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras within the precincts of inner-Colombo. A peep into what is happening in Colombo on a 24/7 cycle would certainly represent a peep into a futuristic, modern-day Sri Lanka, the moves of the criminals, ordinary people and law enforcement officials, every transgression human and vehicular, and sundry other incidents, both good and bad that are often overlooked or go unnoticed, will be captured on camera. This means the eyes of the CCTV would reach where the arm of the law cannot or refuse to reach. In an exhausting exercise of planning out the second phase of the new CCTV […]

Security Increased in Two Coastal Districts on Terror Alert

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu:  Security along the shores in Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts has been scaled up after an intelligence alert that six militants, trained in Pakistan, were planning to infiltrate into the country through Sri Lanka, police said today.Armed police personnel had been deployed at several places along the coast while additional check posts installed at important points, including Kulachel and Thengaipattinam, from midnight yesterday in view of the alert, a police official said.The Kanayakumari Amman temple, Vivekananda Rock and Tiruvalluvar statue, main attractions of tourists in Kanyakumari, have come under the guard of armed personnel.People have been advised to inform the police if they come across any stranger and suspicious movement of persons.Vehicles were subjected to checking at various check posts and by Mobile Police […]

Lankan foreign minister to visit India next week

3rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan foreign minister G L Peiris will be visiting India next week to hold talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj during which key issues, including the welfare of Tamils in Lanka and fishermen, are expected to be discussed. Ministry of external affairs’ spokesperson said India and Lanka were working on Peiris’ visit and “it is likely that he will visit this month”. On the issue of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan jails, he said more than 175 fisherman have been released since the new government took over and “there is a small number of fishermen who are still in the custody of Sri Lanka and our Mission is working” to secure their release. This will be Peiris’ second visit to India after the installation of […]

Possibility of sanctions surface…

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Govt. Parliamentary Group pow wow at Chaaya BeyBY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY The possibility of sanctions being imposed on Sri Lanka in the wake of the ongoing probes by the United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged human rights abuses and war crimes in Sri Lanka had surfaced during the Government Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.This was one of the key points which were raised by a group of SLFP members, senior political sources told Ceylon Today. There was also some views expressed on the possibility of Sri Lanka’s war crimes being referred to the United Nations Security Council as pointed out by a member and others said that China and Russia, like before, will come to Sri Lanka’s rescue. It was also pointed […]

President should invite TNA – Vasu

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

PSC on ethnic problem: By Umesh Moramudali  National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudewa Nanayakkara, yesterday stressed that the President needs to invite the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed to find solutions to the ethnic problem. Answering a question at a media briefing yesterday, Nanayakkara said the President needs to have cordial discussions and should imply to the TNA that the government has a genuine intention to solve the ethnic problem.He said, however, there are certain factions in the TNA who do not want to come for the discussions with the government.“MPs who do not want to discuss are funded by certain factions of the Tamil Diaspora. However, the Diaspora is also splitting now. It had split into several factions creating […]

Don’t Consider IMBL With SL as Settled: CM

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Bringing to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of 17 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 29, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday reiterated her view that the Centre should not treat the issue of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka as settled, as the very ownership of Katchatheevu islet and the unconstitutionality the 1974 and 1976 agreements, by which the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka, were the subject matter of litigation in the Supreme Court of India. “My government looks to your immediate and emphatic response to this issue and to ensure that it is taken up at the highest levels with the Sri Lankan government, so that our fishermen […]

UK calls for end to impunity in Lanka

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a need to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict and there is a need to provide support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children as well as women and men. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said Britain continues to encourage and call on Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London from 10-13 June, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It was attended by 128 countries, 79 Ministers and 8 UN Agency Heads, as well as by Presidents and prosecutors from the International […]

Govt. ‘blatantly misinformed’ UNHRC about Aluthgama clashes: Muslim Council

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Council fires letter to External Affairs Minister Alleges Govt. informed Council in Geneva that violence was instigated by Muslims Govt. statement in Geneva similar to versions propagated by ‘anti Muslim interests’ Geneva statement missed golden opportunity to stand against hate speech, violence: Council By Dharisha Bastians A prominent Muslim civil society group has taken issue with official Government statements to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the communal violence in Aluthgama, charging that the version of the clashes relayed to the international rights body mirrors the ‘anti-Muslim propaganda’ by vested interests in Sri Lanka. In a letter addressed to External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris last week, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said “blatant misinformation” had been disseminated by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission […]

Hotel owner remanded for swindling Britisher

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

A Hikkaduwa hotel owner who was arrested on charges of having swindling a Britisher of Rs.48 million after promising to get him several plots of land for cultivation was today ordered to be further remanded till July 15 by the Galle Additional Magistrate.In his complaint to the CID, British national Richard Karshal a civil engineer by profession had told that he got to know the suspect when he was staying at the suspect’s tourist hotel in Hikkaduwa in 2004. The complainant further said that he built up a close relationship with the suspect and subsequently discussed to invest money at a land cultivation project. The complainant told police that though he had made a payment to purchase about 114 acres from Haldumulla area the suspect […]

EU and Muslims calls for LLRC full implementation

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) today called for the full implementation of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and advancing a sustainable political solution saying they are essential for peaceful growth and stability in Sri Lanka. “We welcome the appointment by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, of three renowned experts – Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright and Asma Jahangir – to assist the investigation team for Sri Lanka led by her office. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to fully cooperate with the investigation to address accountability issues as an important step for fostering genuine reconciliation. It should also allow all stakeholders to engage without fear of reprisals,” the EU said in a statement from Brussels. The EU statement said that Sri Lanka has come […]

A full frontal military assault on Mangala Samaraweera

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Late last week we witnessed the scenario where the Army spokesman, a brigadier in rank, made the unusual claim that current UNP spokesman and former Rajapakse Administration Foreign Minister, MP Mangala Samaraweera had compromised national security by alleging at a press conference, that state intelligence agencies or at least some intelligence chiefs, were supporting the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and that the Aluthgama and Beruwela anti Muslim violence was in fact an organized operation with state intelligence backing.  An update to that allegation or rather to the traction that it gathered, was that the Defense Secretary, in a media interview published on July 1st,  felt compelled to deny any personal involvement in alleged defense establishment assistance and help to the BBS or other extremist groups. […]

VIDEO: Govt imposed ‘unofficial censorship’ to cover-up its sins – Ranil

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The United National Party (UNP) today accused the government of imposing “unofficial censorship” on media to espouse racism at it pleases and to recreate its image after pushing the country towards destruction.  “The Rajapaksa regime is looking to completely destroy media freedom today,” Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said, speaking to reporters after meeting with representatives from several media rights groups in Colombo. He alleged that news censorship was imposed in the wake of the recent Aluthgama and Beruwala violence in order to “cover up the government’s sins” and not to protect the peace. He stated that a letter was sent to every media organization as a news censorship following the Aluthgama and Beruwala incidents. It instructed the organizations to do as told or suffer the […]

Two More US Firms To White-Wash Rajapaka Regime

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Despite bragging about their disregard for US policies and its hypocrisy, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry has hired two more firms specialising in government relations to white-wash its image in the US. According to reports by Kevin Mccauley, the External Affairs Minister has signed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) contracts with the ‘Madison Group’ and ‘Beltway Government Strategies’. The contract with Madison Group, on which the Sri Lankan government will spend a whopping $18,000 worth of public money per annum as well as expenses and bonuses for their performance, has been signed to assist the EAM in ‘creating a situational awareness of current affairs’ in the country. Beltway Government Strategies based in Los-Angeles has been hired to ‘retain and manage firms to engage in government […]

Gota Caught Lying In Interview

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

In a revealing interview published in today’s Daily Mirror, Sri Lankas Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa was caught contradicting himself on two occasions, pertaining to the alleged assault of a Buddhist monk on the day of Poson Poya, and his power extending to the Police force. The interviewer asks the Defence Secretary why the Police did not prevent the rally from taking in place, and while justifying the decision of the Police, Rajapaksa asks the Interviewer why he perceives the inception to be the rally, when there was a “buddhist monk assaulted” The interviewer then asks Rajapaksa if the assault was true, to be met by a stoic answer by Rajapaksa who says the monk was intact assaulted. Soon after, in the next question […]

Deception is the brand name of the government of the Rajapaksa brothers, and professor G.L. Pieris is its brand ambassador.

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

By Chandra Kumarage – ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.’ Walter Scott, Marmion. ‘When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the State,’ Euripedes, Orestes. The government of Sri Lanka has again used Parliament to adopt a resolution rejecting the appointment by the OHCHR to probe the human rights violations including war crimes alleged to have been committed by the Armed forces of the GOSL during the last phase of the war with the LTTE in April-May 2009. The resolution states, ‘To demonstrate its commitment to protecting democracy and human rights and protect the people’s democratic rights and human rights, the government will undertake to conduct impartial investigations into the following incidents and submit a report […]

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