Jayalalithaa brings the Chief Minister shivers

4th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The judge in the Jayalalithaa corruption case makes the very interesting observation that it could not be believed that being the Chief Minister of a State, she was unaware of the large-scale activities carried on by persons living in her own house. The judgment adds it is proved in evidence that substantial funds accumulated the first accused, Jayalalithaa, were credited to the account of Jaya Publications and from the said account it was diverted to the other accounts [of the companies] and ultimately was utilized for acquisition of huge assets… and that delving into the background of the individuals, the other three accused, on their own, did not have any substantial income to acquire such huge properties. If ever there was an indictment of corruption […]

In Sri Lanka, ‘fear and insecurity’ for journalists, activists

4th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan TV journalist Kapila Chandana Kuruppuarachchi thought he was just doing his job when he tried to cover a clash between backers of rival political parties in late September. Instead, he says, a mob of pro-government supporters chased him for almost a kilometer before pelting him with stones. He was hospitalized with major bone and tissue damage to his face, which will require at least two surgeries to repair. “These thugs are supporters of a government minister and they severely attacked me,” Kuruppuarachchi told ucanews.com by phone from a hospital, where he has been recovering since the assault. The vicious assault was the latest in a line of threats, intimidation and outright attacks against journalists and human rights lawyers that activists say are part […]

SL military enslaves Eezham Tamils along border villages of Batticaloa district

3rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 October 2014, 22:19 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military has effectively enslaved the gagged Eezham Tamil families in the border villages of Paduvaankarai region. Seven years after the end of war in East, the livelihood of the villagers has worsened than during the times of the war. While the resources are being exploited by the intruding Sinhala colonists and fishermen on one hand, the Tamils are being provided only one option of becoming second class citizens serving the interests of the occupying SL military, Tamil activists in Batticaloa said urging immediate focus from the global Tamils on the deteriorating situation of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaankarai. One of the worst exploited villages by the Sinhala militarisation in Paddippazhai division of Paduvaankarai region is […]

Minister calls for probe on Nonis issue

3rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Government Minister and leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Champika Ranawaka, today called for an impartial investigation on the issue concerning Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to London, Chris Nonis, if there is a formal complaint made at the External Affairs Ministry. Speaking to reporters at a media briefing, Ranawaka said that Nonis played a crucial role for the country during the Commonwealth summit held in Sri Lanka last year where he made statements countering allegations raised against the Government. There have been reports that the High Commissioner had been assaulted by External Affairs Ministry monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena at a function in the US recently. Ranawaka said that if the High Commissioner had formally raised the issue with the External Affairs Ministry then the incident should be investigated. […]

Sri Lanka war probe lost in translation

3rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s domestic probe into the disappearance of thousands of civilians during and after the island’s ethnic war is being undermined by serious translation errors, a group of activists said Thursday. Testimony before the presidential Commission of Inquiry was marred by glaring mistakes in translating questions from English-speaking investigators to ethnic Tamil witnesses, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said. Sittings this week have been affected by errors that could undermine the quality of testimony before the commission, the CPA said, adding that witnesses were photographed by men said to be military intelligence officers. When one witness was asked in English whether he knew where shells were fired from during fighting, the question was translated into Tamil as: “Can you tell us the camps you […]

US denies softening stance on Lanka

3rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

The United States (US) has denied reports it has softened its stand on Sri Lanka with US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki insisting that there has not been a change of US policy on Sri Lanka. Psaki said that US Secretary of State John Kerry had met President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the recent visit to the US by the President for the UN General Assembly. Asked, during the daily press briefing at the US State Department if, at that meeting, the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka as was reported in a local newspaper, Psaki said “absolutely not”. “I saw the same story. The only thing that was right was that the Secretary did speak with the Sri Lankan president on the margins of the […]

Tamil mother enraged and frustrated by Presidential Inquiry into Disappearances

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

A mother making a complaint at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Disappeared, stormed out after the commission hearing in Mulangavil asked her if she wanted to get involved in poultry farming. After leaving the hearing in frustration, shouting at the Commission officials in an enraged outpour, the mother said, “Who are you fooling, you cannot fool god. I want my child. My child came into army control I don’t know whether they shot him. They ( Sri Lankan Army) shot our children and are now looking for our children 5 years later. All this government does in Vanni is tell lies and kill the poor. No amount of chickens can substitute the worth of my son.” Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances lacks […]

UK Ministers and MPs rally behind Tamil calls for justice

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chairman of the Conservative party, British government ministers and Members of Parliament voiced their support for the Tamil community in the United Kingdom and backed calls for justice for the Tamil people at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week. Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Several politicians came to express their support at a reception hosted by the British Tamil Conservatives at the Castle Fine Art Gallery in the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, where the Conservative Party Conference is currently underway. Over 150 guests attended the event, including Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Hugo Swire and Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps. Speaking […]

A New Place Called The United Kingdom

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Forty-five percent wanted independence; that is serious. Gordon Brown, theeminence grise of the No-campaign, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg panicked, and promised Scotland enhanced devolution in a whirlwind campaign. They will have to deliver. The English Question and a new structure for the UK will have to be worked out, but constitutional change takes time. De facto, if not by name, a federal structure will be the outcome, but beneath lies economic decline from the 1980s onwards – the Thacherite transformation of the economy. Without economic recovery, Scotland cannot swing back into the British mainstream; but how can there be economic renewal, how can Britain rise again, when global, European and American capitalism is gasping? The rebuff of separation […]

Clarification And Investigation Into High Commissioner Nonis’s Resignation Is Vital: Prof. Wijesinha

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Nonis Resigned But Don’t Quote Me: Media Minister Keheliya Clarifications and an investigation into the reports circulating with regard to High Commissioner Nonis’s assault and resignation is a must considering their implication for Sri Lanka’s international relations, UPFA MP and political analyst Professor Rajiva Wijesinha says. Professor Wijesinha, when asked about his opinion on the “Chris Nonis–Sajin Vass episode“, said; “The stories circulating with regard to High Commissioner Nonis’s resignation certainly need investigation as you suggest. What was reported of MinisterKeheliya Rambukwella’s comments on in his resignation suggests confusion and given the implications for our international relations, clarifications are vital.” He also suggested this incident is in relation to the comments he has made concerning a concerted attempt to remove the most efficient and loyal non-career diplomats in the service […]

Sri Lanka between US-India and China-Russia

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Election Season, External Affairs & Modi-Obama By Dayan Jayatilleka –  Forget the state of Denmark—something is rotten in the state of Sri Lanka, and our enemies, the secessionists in the Tamil Diaspora must be laughing, as they well might. Three recent events indicate the future of Sri Lanka. Two are domestic and one, global. Of the two domestic events, one occurred in an international space. The three events are the Chris Nonis–Sajin Vass episode, the BBS–Wirathu nexus and the Modi-Obama meeting. Sri Lanka’s external defenses are crumbling, largely due to undermining emanating from the heart of the state itself, in the shape of bad policy and worse practices. One does not wish to speculate on or sensationalize the sad and shameful incident in New York. […]

Assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Britain – Sri Lanka Law.

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has still not launched a formal inquiry or investigation into the alleged assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Britain, Chris Nonis by MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Daily Mirror learns. The assault had reportedly taken place at the residence of Dilan Ariyawansa who hosted a dinner for the delegates attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Daily Mirror learns that the External Affairs Ministry has still not received a resignation letter from Nonis. (Hafeel Farisz) UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said today that a Sri Lankan High Commissioner had been assaulted for the first time in the history of this country and urged that the law should be enforced against those involved in this shameful incident. “The High Commissioner to Britain […]

US stance on SL softens

2nd October 2014 // 0 Comments

US stance on SL softens President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful.Describing the meetings as highly successful, he said India would not act in a manner that was unfavorable to Sri Lanka. The President said Mr. Modi’s only request was that the Sri Lankan Government should talk to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and explained why he rejected the TNA’s request to […]

Turned Back to Torture?

1st October 2014 // 0 Comments

A Dateline special investigation airs allegations that some failed asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka by Australia have been abducted and abused by Sri Lankan security forces on their return. Go Back To Where You Came From presenter, Dr David Corlett, goes undercover to hear horrifying stories of beating and torture of those accused of being associated with the defeated Tamil Tigers. One returnee describes having his fingernails torn out with pliers and being hung upside down and beaten. One woman claims she was raped and beaten by Sri Lankan authorities as she tried to flee her homeland. Dateline puts these claims to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia. Corlett also interviews Sri Lankans who have fled to the UK. These people and human rights experts describe a further catalogue of […]

Sri Lanka Commission for Missing Persons is a Joke – Proof

30th September 2014 // 0 Comments

 Refusing to Allow UN team to visit Sri Lanka – Cheating the World again! Young Tamil men and women are regularly taken in mysterious white vans, tortured, raped and sometime killed, while they are in custody. Tamils are forced out of their homes and lands and made to live in open fields and in barbed wired camps. Food and medicine are regularly denied to Tamils and they are a let to die of starvation and diseases. The Commission for Missing Persons organised by the Sri Lankan government is more interested in livestock than people, said Northern Provincial Councillor Thurairasa Ravikaran. The commission has so far received more than 19,000 complaints of involuntary disappearance and has interviewed almost 1,300 affected families. It has had six sittings in the North Eastern Tamil-speaking districts […]

‘Form Team to Probe SL Disappearances’

30th September 2014 // 0 Comments

MULANGAVIL: The Presidential Commission on Disappearances and War Crimes (DWC) has asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to establish an Investigating Team to help it pursue cases of alleged involuntary disappearance in the country. Talking to a group of news persons at a sitting of the commission in Mulangavil in North West Sri Lanka on Sunday, the panel chairman, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, said that the charge that persons had disappeared after they had surrendered to the army or after crossing army-held territory, needs to be investigated by a competent agency. “I have put in a request for  such a team to the President, but have not got a response so far,” Paranagama said. Asked who might head the proposed the Investigating Team, he said that it would […]

A diaspora worth more than US$ 35 billion prevented from investing in SL

30th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Mario Andree, reporting from Jaffna Land issues preventing Diaspora from investing in SL Ceylon Finance Today: Many expatriates who are already in Sri Lanka raised land issues claiming that the diaspora who was interested to invest in the country looked away due to being unable to purchase land. A businessman, an expatriate, who has invested in a hotel project in Jaffna, said that there were land right issues in the country which did not allow the diaspora to purchase land due to the decision taken in 2010. Highlighting the opportunities available for Sri Lanka to capture the US$ 35 billion diaspora, he told Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena that many interested expatriates looked away due to being unable to purchase land. He requested the Minister […]

Rajapaksa Told “No” To Sri Lanka High Commissioner Nonis

30th September 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has persuaded Chris Nonis, the Sri Lanka High Commissioner in the UK to continue in his post although he got mercilessly assaulted by Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Monitoring MP for the External Affairs Ministry. He had told Nonis that he will take strong action against Gunawardena but other sources told Colombo Telegraph this was a ploy. “He will not take any action against Sajin Vass because he does all his dirty work,” said an External Affairs Ministry source in Colombo. With the face swollen from a slap, Nonis has left London for Birmingham to attend the Conservative Party annual conference. Among those he is expected to meet there is Opposition Leader,Ranil Wickremesinghe. Vass Gunawardena and Kshenuka Seneviratne are now known to be very close friends. That is how he gives orders […]

NO Tamil person is ‘Missing Persons’, All are Dead (We killed them all!)

29th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Relatives Oppose The Issuing Of Death Certificates For Missing Persons Relatives of the Tamil’s who had disappeared during the years of the war are offered Goats by the government who wants to revoke the decision to issue death certificated and pay compensation for the missing persons. A mother who accuse the Army of  They have stated this to the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons when it had called for witnesses at Mulankavil Maha Vidyalaya in Kilinochchi on Saturday. The Commission convened at Mulankavil on Saturday and today and will convene at Poonakary Divisional Secretariat on September 29 and 30. It is scheduled to call witnesses on 250 missing persons in the region. The government had decided to issue death certificates for […]

Scots Have Voted! When Will Eelam Tamils Vote!!

29th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – The conduct and the outcome of the Scottish referendum for a separate state of Scotland has taught us many lessons. Beyond the outcome, peaceful campaign and management of the referendum are far reaching and is a lesson to be learnt by the pseudo democracies world over. It is the will of the British parliament to accommodate a peaceful referendum for secession that must praised. The process was handled with mature sense throughout which is praiseworthy. There was no anti-Scot hate feelings let lose in the media or in the campaign. There was no police baton beating, not a bullet or tear gas being fired, there was no white vans or kidnaps or any form of physical violence. Instead all these were translated into responsible political […]

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