Rawana Balaya insists on having new police unit withdrawn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to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana demanding that the special police unit set up to look into religious disputes be withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day.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 Saddhathissa Thera warned that in the event the new police unit was not withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day deadline, the members of the Rawana Balaya organisation would be reluctantly compelled to move in and occupy the ministry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

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

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, […]

Sri Lanka court grants bail to Buddhist monks

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Monks from nationalist Bodu Bala Sena or Buddhist Force accused of insulting the Quran appear in a Colombo court. Four of Sri Lanka’s hardline Buddhist monks appeared in court on Monday accused of insulting the Quran, in the first such case following a spate of religious hate attacks. Police accused the monks, from the nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, of making disparaging remarks against the Islamic holy book after bursting into a meeting of religious leaders last month. At the meeting, the monks also intimidated a moderate colleague who was promoting religious tolerance on the Buddhist-majority Island, police said. “The four priests along with two laymen were summoned by court today and granted bail in the sum of 100,000 rupees ($770) each,” police […]

Karunanidhi slams Centre’s decision to resend Sri Lankan Tamil family

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday condemned Centre’s decision to resend a Sri Lankan Tamil family which came from London to India for medical purposes.In a statement, Karunanidhi said, “Sri Lanka has requested all the nations to ban 424 Tamils belonging to various organizations. Other countries have refused to accept the Lankan request. But media reports suggest that India has accepted the request and has taken action on it.”A man, who is among the 424 people banned by the Sri Lankan government, came to India along with his mother from London for treatment. However, without even considering the humanitarian aspect, the Centre had returned the person and this was condemnable, said Karunanidhi.The demand by the Sri Lankan government, which is accused of human rights […]

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court to hear case on Northern land acquisitions on August 7th

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will hear six fundamental rights petitions filed by 160 petitioners challenging government’s occupation of their lands on August 7. The petitioners allege that Sri Lanka Army has unlawfully occupied 6,381 acres of land belonging to the residents of Valikamam North Division in the Jaffna peninsula. The petitioners in their application had claimed they were in occupation of their lands for the past 23 years and had to vacate their places of residence due to the conflict between the LTTE and the government. They have further noted that they were not informed in writing that their lands were to be acquired by the Army for the construction of Battalion Headquarters and that they had come to know only through posters […]

Tamil Nadu cops say Pkistan ISI planning strike on Visakhapatnam Navy base through Sri Lanka.

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: In a startling revelation, the Tamil Nadu police on Monday told a city court that suspected Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence agent Sakir Hussian with Sri Lankan passport was working on a plan to sabotage the Indian Navy bases at Kochi and Visakhapatnam.    The police was seeking custody of Hussain for further investigation, at a metropolitan magistrate court in Egmore, Chennai.   The state police’s Q Branch, which monitors external terror elements in the state, told the court that the Colombo-based Pakistani handlers of Sakir Hussian had wanted him to collect details of the two Indian Navy bases.   The naval base in Vizag is the headquarters of the Eastern Command while Kochi has the training facility of the Indian Navy. “We are alert because of […]

T56 weapon with ammunition found on beach

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

May 06, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army, Navy and the Police have launched an extensive search in the general area of Ichchilampattai, Trincomalee after the recovery of a T56 weapon with several rounds of ammunition in a bag at Lanka Patuna beach near a Naval detachment on Monday (5 May). Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the Sri Lanka Army and the Navy along with the Police have launched an investigation including a search to apprehend the suspects in relation to the recovery of the weapon. According to preliminary investigations around 5:30 p.m. on Monday a senior sailor from the Navy camp located a few hundred meters away from the incident while jogging along the beach had seen two young males carrying something wrapped in […]

Young woman reports being raped by army in Vanni

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A woman in her early 20s has reported being raped by Sri Lankan military personnel in Vanni in early April.  The incident has only just come to light after the victim, fearing further sexual attacks if she stayed, was able to flee the Vanni accompanied by her mother. The woman reports the rape occurred at an army camp in Vanni, after father was ordered to bring his family there, a civil society source based in Kilinochchi, in whom the woman subsequently confided in, told the Tamil Guardian. Her father was employed by the military at the time. The woman remains reluctant to speak about the incident, fearing reprisal, the source added. Military search operation targets Tamil youths in Trincomalee A search operation by the Sri Lankan Army, Navy and Police, targeting Tamil youths, was conducted in Verukal, Trincomalee […]

Report: Pakistan’s ISI Targeted U.S. and Israeli Consulates in India

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI) has a controversial history of assisting terrorists, including the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Now, the Times of India is reporting that Pakistan’s ISI has plans to conduct terror attacks on two foreign consulates in India, including the U.S. consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulate in Bengaluru. Official sources say that a Sri Lankan national confessed Sunday that Pakistani high commission in Colombo reportedly hired him as part of ISI’s alleged plans to conduct reconnaissance on the two foreign consulates in India. Sakir Hussain, a suspected ISI operative, reportedly told officials that he was supposed to set up travel papers and safe houses for two men that the agency was sending from Maldives to Chennai. An unnamed Southeast Asian country tipped an Indian central security agency about […]

Indian airports put on high alert after Pakistan terror plot

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 The central intelligence agencies fear that Pakistan backed ISI  terrorists are trying to sneak into major cities in the South India. All major airports in South India have been put on high alert following an alert by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). In an alert, the BCAS has warned that the terror groups may attack an airport in the South India. International airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram have been put on high alert. The local police have been asked to increase the random checking of all vehicles and the passengers near the airports and the roads leading to these airports. The BCAS has warned all southern airports of potential car-bomb attacks. According to intelligence sources, the arrest and interrogation […]

Govt has made judicial service a ‘safe haven’ for political stooges

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The UNP today accused the government of “unabashedly” violating long established traditions of the system and making the judicial service a safe haven for political stooges and henchmen. As part of its plan to emasculate the country’s judiciary, the Rajapaksa government has deliberately made a “mockery” of important appointments in the judicial system, the party said in a statement. “The nearest example is the appointment of Priyantha Jayawardena as a Supreme Court judge above the heads of many eligible candidates, sending shockwaves across the entire judicial system of the country,” it said. The United National Party, however, said this was not the first time the present government acted in a “dubious and non-transparent manner” when it came to key appointments in the judiciary. “They unabashedly […]

Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village

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Villagers in west Sri Lanka have said they have been surprised and delighted by an unusual rainfall of small fish. The edible fish fell during a storm and are believed to have been lifted out of a river during a strong wind. Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a total weight of 50kg (75lbs). It is not the first such incident in Sri Lanka – in 2012, a case of “prawn rain” was recorded in the south. Continue reading the main story Analysis Steve CleatonForecaster, BBC Weather Centre The most likely cause of this unusual event probably relates to the formation of a tornado. Tornadoes tend to form in areas where large differences […]

EU says concerns on Lanka serious

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The European Union (EU) says the concerns raised on Sri Lanka during the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva were serious. The Head of Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and Maldives David Daly said that the EU felt it was important to back the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted at the UNHRC. Speaking at an EU day function in Colombo this evening, Daly said that the EU sees Sri Lanka as a good friend and it was as part of that friendship that the EU raised its concerns with Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Daly was speaking in front of several Ambassadors, diplomats opposition parliamentarians and Government Ministers and officials including Ministers Douglas Devananda, Rajitha Senaratne, Tissa Vitarana and Deputy […]

US joins Canada in rejecting Govt’s list of terrorists

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Assistant Secretary Biswal holds extensive talks with Tamil groups affiliated to banned groups, while PR firm carries media ads supporting domestic war crimes inquiry South Africa’s envoy here tells blatant lie about meeting with Colombo-based diplomats amid secrecy and delay in Ramaphosa mission TNA to register as a political party, while Anandasangaree bitterly attacks leadership and urges action against ITAK The United States became the second country to ignore the UPFA Government’s prohibition order on 16 Tamil diaspora groups and 424 of their members on grounds that they are allegedly involved in terrorist activities. Some of those listed were among those who were at the Department of State in Washington DC last Thursday. They were part of a delegation that met Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary […]

14 Extreme organisations are operating in Colombo – US secrete document

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A secrete document from the United States of America state department reveals 14 extreme organisations are operating in Colombo. Officer M.I.Kadhar, served has the investigative officer at the US state department as released this document. According to the state department document 13 Islamic movements maintaining international relationships are operating in SriLanka. US embassy in Colombo as sent this secrete document towards US state department. Document further noted organization named “Osama” is operating in Trincomalee district.

Gota intervenes to secure Gnanasara’s release

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Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday granted bail to General Secretary of the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero and four other Buddhist monks after Defence Secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa intervened in the matter. Senior DIG Anura Senanayake who appeared for the police had not objected to granting bail to the monks. When news about the attempt to arrest Gnanasara Thero and the other BBS monks started to spread, the defence secretary had contacted the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice had informed the defence secretary that the matter was being carried out according to an understanding between the President and Gnanasara Thero. The defence secretary had denied the statement and had immediately contacted the President. The defence secretary had explained to the President that […]

Sri Lankan’s Muslims protest in London aginst Bodu Balasena

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Sri Lankan’s Muslims Living in London protesting in front of Sri Lanaka’s Embassy in U.K on 5th May 2014 regarding Government should be take immediate action against Sinhala Buddhists Bodu Bala Sena organization which operates with the help of Defence secretary. Muslim Minsters And MPs Write To President On Buddhist Extremist Threats To Muslims The Muslim Ministers and MPs wants the President’s immediate intervention to stop the harassment of Muslim lDPs who have lived in different parts of the country as refugees and… May 2, 201433 CommentsRead More Unseen Footage Emerges Of Muslim Owned Fashion Bug Attacked A new CCTV footage shows what has happened inside the Fashion Bug attack last year( March 29, 2013) Fashion Bug, Muslim owned store was attacked by Buddhist Monks and other mobsters.  … 284 […]

US slash military links with SL

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The US has sent a strong message to the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to get it’s together by slashing a majority of the military cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka. One of the key actions taken by the US government is to stop all military training provided by the US to Sri Lankan military personnel. Apart from the de-mining programme in the North, the US has drastically scaled down its military links with Sri Lanka. The US has said it is committed to working with the Sri Lankan government and the people to strengthen democracy. The US has also expressed disappointment at the government’s failure to take adequate steps to support accountability and reconciliation. Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal […]

SL military wants Jaffna University shut down on Mu’l’livaaykkaal Day

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 May 2014, 07:01 GMT]The Registrar of the University of Jaffna Mr V. Kandeepan, has issued a notice instructing the students at the University hostels to vacate the premises between 16 May and 20 May without citing any reason. All the education activities have also been cancelled for four days, bringing the entire University to a standstill during the Mu’l’livaaykkaal Remembrance this year. The instruction has come from the occupying Sri Lankan military, informed sources told TamilNet. Since 2009, the University student community has been fighting for the collective right of remembering those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle. In the meantime, the Eastern University in Batticaloa is already at a standstill as Tamil students have been protesting against the Vice […]

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