Lanka signs US$ 760,000 lobby deal

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan Government has signed a new US$ 760,000 deal with Liberty International Group LLC of the USA to promote the island in the US, including among US Government members. Signed earlier this month between Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Connie Mack, President of Liberty International] Group, the deal, which will be in force from August 1 to July 2015, looks to ensure the US receives “clear and accurate information” about Sri Lanka’s current achievements and future plans. The Sri Lankan Government had earlier signed similar deals with other lobbying firms in the US amidst human rights allegations being raised against the country following the war. The main objectives of the deal, as per the […]

Do or die in the next three years

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nadini Perera Ceylon FT: The country must establish rule of law and create an environment for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in a ‘do or die’ scenario over the next three years, an economist said. “When it comes to FDIs particularly for a developing economy, we need inflow of money. This could come through many mechanisms, such as loans, or investments made by multinational enterprises. The importance of this is; we have currency stability on one side, and long term gains such as employment growth, opportunities, promotion of industries and Sri Lankan products across the world, on the other,” said Siddhartha Nanayakkara who is reading for his Ph.D in Investment Economics, to Ceylon FT. Although a significant gap was seen last year with the set FDI […]

Weary Of Domestic Mechanisms – Rayappu Joseph

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Mannar Bishop, Rayappu Joseph, recently submitting a letter to the Presidential Commission for Missing Persons, said that he was growing weary of the domestic mechanism in resolving the injustices faced by the Tamils. According to him, the domestic processes have not made any progress towards true reconciliation. The Bishop told The Sunday Leader that it is important to accept diversity and create unity by accommodating all the voices of people. – Excerpts of the interview: By Waruni Karunarathne Q: By saying that you don’t accept the local investigation, are you offering to give evidence pertaining to the war to the UN investigations? A: I am not saying that. All I am saying is that the local investigations have led nowhere. They have done local investigations such as Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation […]

India For A Political Solution Within A United Sri Lanka – Y. K. Sinha

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

As India celebrated its independence anniversary last week, the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha noted that India remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its endeavours of rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation. Speaking Exclusively toThe Sunday Leader, Sinha said that the need for national reconciliation through a political settlement has been reiterated by India at the highest levels and India’s consistent position is in favour of a negotiated political settlement, which is acceptable to all communities within the framework of a united Sri Lanka and which is consistent with democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights. By Easwaran Rutnam Q: There was a lot of negative publicity given when Mr. Modi won the elections with many claiming that ties between India and Sri Lanka will […]

On SL soil

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan India has ‘fortified’ its military presence at its High Commission in Colombo by appointing an Army official, Col. Gurinder S. Klaire, to its intelligence wing, ‘on seeing’ the strong ties Sri Lanka has built up with China. The appointment also comes as a response to the Chinese Embassy appointing, for the first time, a Defence Attaché to its Colombo office recently. Col. Klaire will reportedly serve as the Deputy Defence Adviser and will assist Defence Adviser Captain Prakash Gopalan.It is said the Indian High Commission traditionally appoints servicemen from the Navy, However, this is the first time an Army official has been appointed to the defence advisery desk. When Ceylon Today contacted Captain Prakash Gopalan, to verify the new appointment, he said ‘yes’ […]

How Much Does Corruption Cost The Citizen

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – The common refrain of supporters of an all powerful unchallengeableExecutive Presidency (EP) has been: “What does the common man care about abolishing EP; all he/she is concerned about is the cost of living, children’s schooling; decent housing”. Sycophants chant: “SI-CC talk against EP is a game played by the Colombo elite. The farmer, the fisherman and the city worker take no notice”. The truth however is that the EP-perfidy costs Punchi Banda in the village and Sarath Bass in the city a load of money. Secondly, the abuses perpetrated by UPFA politicos, enjoying impunity thanks to EP, despoil the quality of ordinary people’s lives. Corruption at the highest levels and impunity in the abuse of power are hard to separate from the exercise of […]

Testifying on War crimes is not a violation of the Constitution

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance Party has said that there is no charge in witnessing before the United Nation Investigation Team about the war crime real incidents that took place during the time of war. Testifying on War crimes before the International Community is not a violation of the Constitutional law. The Tamil National Alliance Party has also said that the ruling party Government of Srilanka must understand, for the witnessing on the war crimes there is a provision in the Constitution bill. The above Statements were made by the Tamil National Alliance Party Member of the Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran, while answering the question about the Testimony of the people regard to the Srilankan war crimes in front of the U.N. Investigation Team whether it is […]

All of Sri Lanka suffers to serve whims of ruling clan

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The United National Party (UNP) says it is a sad state of affairs that millions of tax rupees are spent by the Rajapaksa administration on extravagant events while over a million people are fighting a battle to obtain their daily drinking water. “In the 21st Century, it is not apt perhaps to blame the current political rulers for the failure of the rains in 14 districts of the island.” “But this much is a fact. Over a million Sri Lankans are suffering, rains are failing and the rulers are so corrupt, their minds are far away from the terrible plight of the people,” the party said, in a statement issued today. The UNP says it is therefore the time to make the same desperate plea […]

The 2006 Senchcholai Massacre: An Ominous Sign Of An Impending Human Catastrophe Engineered By An Evil Regime

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Whilst our eyes and ears are on the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL ) with the deadline for submissions set for October 30th 2014, Sri Lanka continues its game plan of non-cooperation, non-compliance and innuendo. Whatever happens around us, for the Tamils, this is not a time to waste away, for we have things to do, submissions to make – This is a time to remember, remember every detail, to keep in mind that the world itself is pre-occupied, as Edward Mortimer said, “with all the horrors taking place in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, Sri Lanka has understandably fallen off the international radar.” [1] Lest we forget, the 14th of August 2014 marks the 8th anniversary of the Senchcholai Massacre. The 2006 Senchcholai […]

“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Just like in Burma, the recent years have seen the unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority on the upswing in Sri Lanka. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)—Sinhalese for Buddhist Power Force—actually claims to perceive an international Islamic conspiracy that aims at marginalising the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. He believes his organisation can unite all the Buddhists of the island and turn them into a nationalist force, thus countering this ‘foreseen’ Islamic threat. He has been widely accused of being the mastermind of many anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka and gained notoriety for publicly avowing his racist inclinations. He answers a series of questions posed to him by Pranay Sharma. After years of ethnic […]

Remembering Tamil King Rajendra Chola who Promoted Saivism

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Rajendra Chola Promoted Saivism, Buddhism in Lanka … The Cholas gave a boost to Saivism. Siva temples were built at   Mantai (Rajaraja Iswaram), Padaviya (Ravikula Manikeswaram), Atakada (Uttama Chozha Iswaram), Medirigirya (Panditha Chozha Iswaram). The oldest is a Siva temple at Polonnaruwa. Buddhism was not neglected. “Buddhist officials and soldiers in the service of the Cholas contributed to Buddhist institutions,” Pathmanathan said. The Chola dynasty in South India was considered as one of the most powerful dynasties in South Asia as Chola kings had extended their empire up to Indonesia. It was Rajendra Chola, the son of the mighty Raja Raja Chola, who even invaded Sri Lanka and built the ancient Sivan Temple in Polonnaruwa which yet remains a testimony to the Chola regime […]

Sri Lankan Muslims at the crossroads – 12

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Izeth Hussain An article by Ameena Hussein seems to be getting wide currency among Muslims, more than one of whom has sent me copies through the internet. It is a superb example of the New Journalism started by Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe, in which the techniques of creative fiction are used in journalism. The article brings home to the reader what it means to be a Sri Lankan Muslim today with an immediacy and poignancy that would not be possible through straightforward reportage. It is the poignancy of a people cowering in fear, even terror. Ameena H’s article makes several points that are of particular interest to me in connection with the series of articles that I am writing on the Sri Lankan […]

Court orders Sri Lanka govt to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan: Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues; Report Most of the Pakistanis are from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect.   They Ahmadi consider themselves Muslims, but a 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics. Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues in Pakistan with the help of Sri Lanka because Pakistan and Israel helped Sri Lankann government forces to kill more than 40,000 minority Tamil Civilians in May 2009.     The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug 1. The agency, UNHCR, says it has been denied access to another 75 people who are awaiting deportation. A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered authorities to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, following a complaint they were being forcibly sent home without […]

Appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The JVP is planning to expose the academic and professional qualifications of those who have been enrolled to the foreign service, on the basis of cronyism and overlooking merit. These appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation, claimed JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.He noted that appointments made in the foreign service devoid of merit, deprived a fundamental right of the people of this country. Dissanayake said he was discussing the matter with his lawyers to see whether it could be brought before Court. He charged such cronies have been appointed without having to sit any foreign service exam. Dissanayake said after exposing such wrongdoings in the foreign service, in Parliament recently, he had received more information on those appointments made violating procedures. He said only […]

India’s National Security Advisor will be participating in the Lankan Defence Ministry’s meeting in November

16th August 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Apparently in view of the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the context of the increasing influence of China on it, and the existence of strong ties with Pakistan, India has beefed up the Defence Ministry’s representation at the Indian High Commission here. Col Gurinder S Klaire has been appointed as Deputy Defence Advisor to assist Defence Advisor Capt Prakash Gopalan. With this, for the first time, there is an army man in the Defence wing of the mission. Traditionally, Defence Advisors in the Colombo mission have been only from the navy. Sri Lanka has lately seen high profile military leaders from China, Pakistan and India visiting it. In May this year came General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of […]

UN panel will investigate on war crimes reported during last 19 days

15th August 2014 // 0 Comments

  Mobitel official transferred for not giving ads to ‘Divaina’! United Nation will hold investigations on war crimes reported during the last 19 days, Divaina newspaper reports According to the Pro government newspaper Diviana UN investigation panel appointed by the UNHRC commissioner will hold investigations on war crimes reported since 1st to 19th May, 2009, when more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces in Mullivaikal. Pro government newspaper Diviana  says that the panel will never pay their attentions for war crimes committed by the LTTE within the past 30 years. The UN panel focuses to investigate death of 16 LTTE leaders including Pulithevan and Nadesan who were the first to surrender with white flag after UN negotiated the surrender. Pro government Sinhala newspaper […]

Blacklisted persons can apply for removal of their names, Sri Lanka Defense Ministry says

15th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The three persons who have been cleared are Karunanithi Thurairathnam a.k.a Thurai who resides in France, Sutharasan Kailayanathan who lives in India and Thanushkody Premani, a resident of Kilinochchi. Sri Lankan Government designated 424 individuals and sixteen organizations including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorist under the United Nations Act No 45 of 1968 by Gazette Extraordinary No 1854/41 dated March 21st 2014. Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the persons and organizations that have been blacklisted under a special gazette notification by Sri Lanka government can apply for clearance. Sri Lankan government designated 424 individuals and 16 organizations including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorists under the United Nations Act No […]

Lanka slams Pillay, confident of Zeid

15th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government today slammed the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay and expressed confidence in the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein. The Ministry of External Affairs said Pillay, who is scheduled to leave office at the end of this month, is making public pronouncements to the media on an investigation which has commenced only recently, and is a clear indication of personal bias. “It is evidence of an attempt to influence the investigation process and make it follow a preconceived trajectory. She refers in her statement to a wealth of information outside Sri Lanka. This is the same wealth of information that she has tended to refer to in the past, justifying it to be from credible […]

2 kilos of heroin of 11 kilos haul, sold while in police custody

15th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 13.Aug.2014, 4.30PM) Sri Lanka is indeed a Rajapakse miracle in the making ! Believe it or not , 2 kilos of the total heroin haul of 11 kilos that was taken into custody by the Borella police on July 15 th , had been sold to a heroin dealer by the police itself . After this was trapped red handed , in order to save the police higher ups , two subordinate police officers were put forward as pawns , produced in court , and were bailed out.It is learnt that infamously famous senior DIG Anura Senanayake is at the bottom of this heroin deal conspiracy, according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. Though 11 kilos of heroin were taken into […]

MaRa’s commission to probe disappearances – one expert is Gadaffi’s lawyer

15th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 14.Aug.2013, 8.30PM) It has now come to light that the three so called international specialists appointed to the Presidential commission of the Rajapakse regime to inquire into those who disappeared during the war are winners of trophies in the field of saving the incriminated guilty superiors at the expense of the innocent inferiors. One of the so called specialists is a notorious individual who came forward to rescue the dictator Gaddafi during the Libyan political upheaval . These appointments have been made in order to save the President who is the defense minister and Gota the defense secretary against whom there are grave war crime charges, and to fasten those charges on a number of seniors of the forces , Mangala Samaraweera M.P.exposed.A former […]

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