Govt Intensifies Propaganda War

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

As international pressure continues to mount on the government on the human rights issue, supported by human rights groups and some western countries, including the United States, the government is using all options available to boost its image both locally and overseas. Government propaganda has targeted the local voter base while overseas millions of rupees is being spent on US based firms to promote the country among investors and the US Congress. Propaganda targeting the local audience is being carried out by government ministers and parliamentarians with the unwritten theme being the need to put the country first above all else. The government claims there is a major conspiracy to remove the ruling party and President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power. Two top ministers had last […]

SL- Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed ways to strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.  During the meeting, a cordial discussion was held between Secretary Defence and Air Chief Marshal Butt on matters of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said.Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal KolithaGunathilake, Air Commodore Hamid Rashid Randhawa and DefenceAttache of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Col Muhammad RajilIrshad Khan were also present at the occasion.The Air Chief, who is on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, also met his Sri Lankan counterpart, Air Marshal KA Gunatilleke.  During the meeting it was agreed to enhance the cooperation between […]

Sri Lanka Tamil party ready to talk with the government

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the party was ready to resume discussions with the government to reach a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka. TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told a news conference in Colombo Thursday that the party does not have a hidden agenda and the party is strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question. “We have no intention of dividing Sri Lanka. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” Sumanthiran said. He said that the allegation leveled by the government against them that they were cronies of the Tamil rebel […]

Government evading talks says TNA

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the Sri Lankan government was evading the political question by stating false claims of LTTE links. “The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE. The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims,” he told a press conference on Thursday. “We do not have any hidden agenda. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” Sumanthiran said. “Minister Susil Premajayantha had said recently the government is ready to resume talks if TNA makes a request. Why should we make a request? It was the government that backed away from talks,” […]

Pakistan cricketers prevented from entering the Dambulla mosque

31st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Members of the Pakistani cricket team, who were in Dambulla today, were prevented from entering the Masjidul Khaira mosque in Dambulla for their Friday evening prayers The decision, which earned the ire of the Pakistani cricket team and its management, was taken by authorities who overlooked the security of the team. The team arrived at Dambulla today for the third and final ODI with Sri Lanka which would take place at the international cricket stadium in Dambulla tomorrow. Some players of the team were of the view that the incident amounted to an insult to the cricket team of Pakistan. Following the incident, the Pakistan players had gone to the mosque in Galewela for their evening prayers. A controversy occurred two years ago surrounding the […]

NO Political solution to Tamils for now (since 4th February 1948), We will only give Money to them – Minister Basil

30th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister claims NPC has ‘other priorities’ TNA must work with powers they have before asking for more devolution: Basil Says NPC can do much more with funds allocated Calls for NPC to cooperate with Economic Development Ministry Blames PC for railway link delays to Jaffna By Dharisha Bastians Observing what he called a ‘slowdown’ of development activities in the north, powerful Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday called on the Northern Provincial Council to cooperate with his Ministry to push the process forward. Minister Rajapaksa said that his understanding was that the Northern Provincial Council was not very interested in development, because they had more important priorities. “But my own view is that people’s needs are more important than politicians’ needs. We need to attend […]

Sri Lanka exports jump on EU, US demand for garments

30th August 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s trade deficit narrowed substantially this year thanks to increased demand for clothing exports to the United States and Europe, the island’s central bank said Thursday. Exports jumped 16.8 percent to $5.44 billion in the first six months of calendar 2014 compared to the same period last year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said. Imports meanwhile declined 1.2 percent to $8.99 billion compared to the same period last year, the bank said. Overall, the trade gap reduced from $4.44 billion in the first six months of last year to $3.55 billion in the same period this year, the bank said. Sri Lanka’s exports in mainly garments to the EU jumped 34.6 percent while those to the US increased 12.1 percent, […]

Lankan incidents draws UN attention

30th August 2014 // 0 Comments

CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO : https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1722935254001/?bctid=3755084005001&autoStart=false&secureConnections=true&width=480&height=270 A UN official today noted that incidents in some countries, including Sri Lanka, clearly demonstrate that societies are grappling with identity based tensions. The UN official highlighted the important role played by the initiative known as the Alliance of Civilizations in building bridges to peace, especially amid the current instability in many parts of the world, as he kicked off a global forum in Bali, Indonesia. “The Alliance is here for you to serve as a soft power tool for conflict prevention, reconciliation, and to advance sustainable development,” said the High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser. Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance seeks to promote […]

Work with existing powers, NO devolution!

29th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) should work with existing powers before demanding further devolution, Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday. The Provincial Council system was established in Sri Lanka in the year 1988 under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.  and to date the Sri Lankan government have not implemented the constitution in full as it gives some rights to the minorities, although the minorities are demanding equal rights to all. “They have not done anything yet, (or we have not allowed them to do anything)” he said, speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a press conference to announce a new bank loan scheme launched by his ministry. His comments come less […]

UN Investigators for Sri Lanka, Show Your Work!

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

If the U.N. wants to promote reconciliation in Sri Lanka, it has to show its work.  U.N. investigators should use tools and methods that are transparent, replicable, and open to scrutiny by all.  Every Sri Lankan, both inside and outside the country, deserves the chance to question the methods behind U.N. findings. Last week, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced that he would not grant entry visas to U.N. human rights investigators looking into allegations of mass killings.  Since investigators won’t be able to collect evidence on the ground, they will have to rely more on digital evidence, like photographs, videos, and satellite images, which can be transmitted out of Sri Lanka and Mr. Rajapaksa’s control.  As U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navy Pillay […]

Who is Mahinda afraid of?

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Upul Joseph fernando Political analysts are intrigued by what Mahinda is studying with much interest these days. It is, without a doubt, reports submitted to him by his political intelligence sources, in particular about the political leaders who attended Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera’s latest and much publicized meetings. He must be wondering who, among them will come to challenge him for the Presidency. A close study of his probable thought process on this matter will yield interesting results. Chandrika – A dangerous customer, she will try to rope in as many ministers as possible. After all, most of them held cabinet portfolios because of her. Maithri, Susil, Nimal Siripala and the lot; they are unreliable and could easily gang up with Chandrika. They could rest assured […]

13-A hoodwink continues under BJP New Delhi

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

 Tamil National Alliance leader and Sri Lankan MP R Sampanthan today alleged that the island nation government was not interested in implementing the 13th Amendment and was only impeding the functioning of the Northern Provincial Council. “The government is not interested in implementing the 13th Amendment and is interested in blocking, impeding and restraining the functioning of the NPC,” Sampanthan, the veteran Lankan Tamil leader told reporters here. The 27 year-old treacherous deceit of the New Delhi Establishment, committed on the nation of Eezham Tamils in the name of implementing the 13 Amendment of the unitary constitution of genocidal Sri Lanka, continues under Narendra Modi’s regime, with an ultimate aim of completing the genocide and structural genocide in the island, commented Tamil activists for alternative […]

UK Tamils remember Chenchoalai massacre by Rajapaksha, condemn genocidal sex abuse

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamils from UK gathered at Downing Street, London on Saturday to remember the Chegn-choalai (Sencholai) massacre and to condemn the ongoing genocidal sex abuse of Eezham Tamil women in the Tamil homeland by the occupying Sinhala forces. The protesters, most of whom were youth activists, held placards and banners stating that “Sri Lanka’s LLRC report is a blueprint for genocide of Eelam Tamil nation” and demanding the UN to investigate genocide and conduct referendum for Tamil Eelam. Chegn-choalai massacre of 61 Eezham Tamil schoolgirls happened on 14 August, 2006 when Sri Lankan Kfir jets bombed a children’s home compound in Mullaiththeevu district.Four Kfir jet bombers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) dropped 16 bombs on the premises of the Chegn-choalai children’s home in Vallipunam […]

TNA ready to resume talks with Govt.

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it was ready to resume talks with the Government in search of a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.TNA parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran told a news conference that it did not have a hidden agenda and said it was strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question.“The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE. The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims. We do not have any hidden agenda. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” he said.Mr. Sumanthiran […]

‘Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils’

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the government to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sambanthan said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, Mr. Sambanthan said the programme was aimed at drastically changing the demography of the Tamil-dominated areas and rendering the demand for devolution of powers redundant. “If there is no intervention, the damage… will be irreversible and irreparable,” he said. Mr. Sambanthan termed fruitful his meetings over the week with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. He said Mr. Modi underscored the need for finding a lasting political solution within a […]

Event: Issues Of Truth And Accountability – The Last Stages Of The War In Sri Lanka

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Marga Institute and Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) launched the publication – “Issues of Truth and Accountability – Narrative 3 (The Last stages of the war in Sri Lanka), on the 15th of August at the BMICH. As a follow up Marga Institute is organizing a Colloquium which will be held on the 29th of August 2014 at the BMICH Committee Room D at 4.30 pm. Dr. Godfrey Gunatilleke Chairman Emeritus of the Marga Institute will be making the initial presentation which will be reviewed by a panel. Members of the Panel are: Dr. K. Vigneswaran Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe Mr. Chandra Jayaratne Professor Rajiva Wijeysinghe Madam Tamara Kunanayakam Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka For invitations please contact amar@margasrilanka.org or call on 0714203828 

Protection urged for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

International rights groups have demanded protection for potential Sri Lankan witnesses at a UN-mandated war crimes investigation into the island’s ethnic war which ended five year ago.  Six organizations in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists war. The letter published on the website of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists urged “meaningful steps” to protect those who cooperated with the war crimes probe which was approved by the UN Human Rights Council in March. “Human rights defenders in Sri Lanka face widespread intimidation,” the letter said adding that it could intensify ahead of the presentation of an update on the investigation at the council’s September […]

What happened to 16,000 SriLankans?

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) says in Sri Lanka, the fate and whereabouts of more than 16,000 people remain unknown In the run-up to the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families. Hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of the world have disappeared as a consequence of armed conflict, natural disaster or migration. The ICRC noted that each person who vanishes leaves behind a large number of people – the family in particular – suffering the anguish of not knowing what happened. “When people disappear, there are two kinds of victims: the individuals who have […]

Rajapaksa Security; Lankan Insecurity

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

y Tisaranee Gunasekara Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting…. in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah…. How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another? Eduardo Galeano (How Much Longer?)   ( August 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian ) Zionist ultras, the sort who decry Binyamin Netanyahu for dovish tendencies, have a new role model: Sri Lanka. Mr. Netanyahu is being urged to learn from the Lankan example of ‘resolute use of military force’ and give Hamas ‘the thrashing it deserves’ . Nakba onwards, Israel has won every war it waged. And yet the Palestinian issue remains, a ‘grindstone of conflict’ […]

Why Mahinda Went To Houston?

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Upul Joseph Fernando   ( August 28, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Mahinda’s sudden visit to Houston in America has stirred the curiosity of many Sri Lankan watchers of the developing political scene. In January 2011 also Mahinda went on an unscheduled visit to Houston quite suddenly raising a whole host of speculations. To an inquisitive media the government sources at the time disclosed that the President was on a private visit to see his brother Dudley Rajapaksa who was an American citizen living in Houston. Later it transpired Mahinda had been actually visiting former American President George Bush. He had advised Mahinda when he met him in 2006 on the sidelines of UN General Assembly Sessions that year, not to trust terrorists under any […]

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