Army ready to ‘nip in the bud if something comes up’ in N-E

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India plays 80% role in training Sri Lankan troops By Suresh Perera India provides 80% of the training requirements to Sri Lankan troops as part of the close cooperation between the two nations, Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake said. “We are working closely with the Indian Army”, he stressed. “India is very supportive and extends the most assistance in terms of fulfilling the need for advanced foreign training to our officers and men”. In continuing regional cooperation efforts, Pakistan also extends training facilities to the Sri Lanka Army, he said in an interview with The Sunday Island at Army Headquarters in Colombo on Friday. Asked about military cooperation with the US, Ratnayake replied, “USA is amongst the countries engaging with us. Our officers are […]

TNA Conduit for evidence

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UNHRC war crimes probe By Mirudhula Thambiah Those who wish to testify before the UN Human Rights Council sanctioned war crimes investigation panel on Sri Lanka, can submit their evidence through the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran informed the people in Jaffna residents, recently. He has said the UNHRC-led international probe on alleged human rights violations that took place during the final phase of the war has begun and if there were any important evidence that should be submitted, it could be passed through the TNA Parliamentarians to the UNHCR committee. “Vital evidence relating to war crimes, human rights violations against women, torture and disappearances can be given to TNA parliamentarians and arrangements have been made to convey them to the investigating panel,” he told Ceylon Today. He […]

Premadasa, Vijaya, Lalith killings: Cooray hits back

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BY SHALIKA WIMALASENA AND ARIYARATNA GANEGODA Former UNP strongman B. Sirisena Cooray, a controversial character in politics during the Premadasa regime, a virtual scapegoat where fingers always pointed at him whenever political murders were committed in the country, once again broke silence to respond to queries regarding the tragic killings of Lalith Athulathmudali and President Premadasa during an interview with our sister paper Mawbima.  Answering questions, Cooray raised several questions at strategic points of the interview to ask the interviewers that if he was behind all these killings, how could it be possible that only he would be spared to still be alive? He dismissed reports that he had ordered to wash the scene where President Premadasa was killed and added that it could have been […]

Regrouping of LTTE out of the question

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan A separate Tamil Eelam or regrouping of LTTE is hard to achieve even though the Tamil Diaspora raises slogans and in Tamil Nadu, political parties use the Eelam issue as a vote catching device, said Former Indian Peacekeeping Forces (IPKF) Intelligence Corps Head, Colonel Ramani Hariharan (79), yesterday.In an exclusive interview, the former intelligence chief said that the overseas remnants do not have a dynamic leader who can energize and lead them in a revival of LTTE. “After all Prabhakaran took two decades to build an all powerful organiszation. So, the attempts to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka for reviving the LTTE have been feeble,” he said.He also added that the LTTE remnants are on the look out to exploit local grievances […]

Tamil outfits stage black flag demonstration against Racist BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

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Activists of Tanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam were arrested on Sunday when they tried to stage a black flag demonstration against Racist BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his alleged “support” to Sri Lankan army which killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Maty 2009  and its president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of War Crime. Led by its secretary Manoharan the activists gathered in front of priavate college, where Swamy had came to attend a function, and raised slogans against him, amid the presence of large number of police. However, they were arrested and taken away from the scene by the police. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy a well known anti Tamil and a close associate of the President Mahinda accused of War crimes said that he was […]

Tamils And Changing Of The Guard In Delhi

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By Kumar David – There is a tussle in the BJP over 13A and the Indo-Lanka Accord and speculation about what the political line vis-à-vis the “Sri Lanka Issue” may be when the dust settles. It will take time to come into full view, but the writing is on the wall. There are two tendencies pulling in opposite directions; one is continuity with no big changes (tactics aside), the other is that the new government should make a drastic policy shift. Protagonists of the second option call it “looking with new eyes and cutting loose from the past.” This essay is an arms length look at trends; arms length in that it will not be overweight with moral dimensions and instead focussed on which way the BJP, in its own interests, […]

Rajapakshe Government withholding funds to Northern Province says Chief Minister

9th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran said the Sinhala government was withholding  300 lakh due to be given to Tamil provinces, whilst publicly announcing it had been delivered.  If the accounts show that the 300lksh had been paid to the Northern province by Colombo government and Northern province have NOT received it to date, where did the money go? was this fund tranfered in to a top politicians Swiss bank account? “They [the government] are proclaiming to the world that Rs 500 lakh budget has been given to the Northern Province, but the majority Rs 300 lakh of the funds has not been given [to us],” said the Northern Province says Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran . The government was meanwhile fooling the world by […]

TNA Has to Activate Inself

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With pain in my heart, I pen this article. There is no end to the atrocities committed against the Tamils in Sri Lanka. There was a 11 year old girl, who was so severely raped until she bled. Reckless Sinhalese driver killed a Tamil and injuring others and just disappeared into the military camp. A Tamil student in a southern university was kidnapped and disappeared without any trace. Vast areas of grazing land was taken over for Sinhalese colonisation. The list of crimes committed against the Tamils is endless.   Yet there not much of protest on the sufferings of the Tamils has emerged. The Tamil Nadu Tamils are putting pressure on Delhi to do its part. Their protests are on going and unending. The […]

‘Mahinda Rajapakshe is a Racist and a cheat’ exposed by Sampanthan

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https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-illegal-possession-of-land-by-the-military-and-demographic-change-in-north-east/ On Illegal Possession Of Land By The Military And Demographic Change In North & East By R. Sampanthan – R. Sampanthan Mr. Presiding Member, we are debating a Bill that deals with Prescription, a Bill that is being brought to bring about certain changes in the existing laws pertaining to prescription in regard to the category of persons defined in the new Bill as “disadvantaged persons”. That is, persons who have been unable to pursue their rights shall be entitled to avail themselves of the benefits conferred by this Act until 12 months after the coming into operation of this Act. In other words, Sir, the original law pertaining to prescription would not apply during the period when they were disadvantaged persons. Thereby, the law of prescription […]

Rajpal Slams Journalism Awards For Rewarding Journalists Who ‘Betray Sri Lanka’

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Rajpal Slams Journalism Awards For Rewarding Journalists Who ‘Betray Sri Lanka’ Rajapaksa State Media’s Rajpal Abeynayake Confirms President’s Lie Rajapaksa State Media’s Editor Rajpal Justifies Attacks Against Muslims Rajapaksas Are Comfortable With Me – Rajpal Abeynayake Rajpal Was Awarded Columnist Of The Year In 2004 By Editors’ Guild: Will He Return The Award? Journo Rajpal Wanted Behind Bars, Questioned Over Shady Rriot Death Toll Pillay Advises State Media Rajpal: “Read More To Dispel Myth About UN Bias” Full Text Of The Petition: Contempt Of Court Action Filed Against Daily News Editor Rajpal Editor of Rajapaksa state-owned newspaper, Daily News – Rajpal Abeynayake, has slammed the recently held Journalism Awards for Excellence and its organizers, accusing them of rewarding journalists ‘most adept at betraying the interests of […]

Government MP and brother arrested but released!

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The SSP said that the police had recovered the camera, but the public believe that all evidence will be wiped out or the government spokesperson will say that the video is not true and actors were in it. This is a normal act by the Rajapakshe government supporters and the police will act according to Rajapakshes order or any police officer stands up to put the law in order will be transferred to remote area saying he is a LTTE supporter. Uva DIG Roshan Fernando yesterday said the video footage of UPFA Badulla District Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage, who made death threats to the Deputy Elections Commissioner after the latter videoed the vehicle procession, which violated the election laws was in the possession of the police.  The […]

BBS chief: ‘I won’t pay Rajitha even five cents’

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By Cyril WimalasurendreKANDY: General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said in Kandy on Friday that Minister Rajitha Senaratne was free to sue him for defamation but he would not pay even five cents. Ven. Ganasara Thera said so in answer to a question posed by a journalist at the Malwatte Vihara which he visited to meet Maha Nayake Thera Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala. The Thera said he had evidence to back what he had said about the minister. He said the minister holding the Buddha Sasana portfolio should be a strong and active person. “The minister must be an efficient and active person capable of working twenty fours of the day, Ven. Gnanasara Thera added. Ven. Gnanasara […]

Tamil Nadu fishermen issue affecting India-SL ties

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August marks the death anniversary of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, a remarkable Foreign Minister brutally assassinated by the LTTE.He once said, “India and Sri Lanka relationship is lost in the mist of time,” which signifies the deep bond that the two nations share. The gift of Buddhism is perhaps the most enduring of all ties and lays the foundation for this long-rooted friendship. The most sacred symbols of Buddhism – the Sacred Tooth, a relic of Lord Buddha gifted by King Guhaseeva, and the sapling of Sri Maha Bo tree in Anuradhapura, which is believed to be from the same tree under which the Buddha attained Nirvana – were gifted from India. South Indian kings ruled the island nation from time to time. The last […]

It’s time to change the system, says Athuraliye Rathana Thero

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Warns we have collapsed politically, economically and socially and must act now Jathika Hela Urumaya Parliamentarian Athuraliye Rathana Thero who is currently active in the political scene following his meetings with Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sarath Fonseka stresses that President Rajapaksa should stop the ongoing merrymaking and extravaganza. “Where is the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’? Where are those pledges the President has made?” queries Rathana Thero, adding that if President Rajapaksa continues fails to respond positively and forgo the vast powers enjoyed by him, “we will not be hesitant to support someone better than Rajapaksa”. Following are excerpts: Q: You recently met some top political leaders including Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sarath Fonseka and Tilvin Silva. Why did you meet them and what did you discuss? A: About two years […]

All religions propagate the same message

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Fortunately, we don’t have any serious religious fundamentalism to deal with in Sri Lanka, except a nascent form of it being introduced to the country by a handful of marginal, foreign funded Christian and Muslim zealots who enjoy no popularity among the mainstream believers of the two respective faiths. Though a few similarly isolated, apparently misguided Buddhist monks seem to have started a violent, aberrational reaction against attempted fundamentalist inroads into the local Buddhist fold, while being censured by the average Buddhists themselves, have only succeeded in having the fundamentalist cap thrust on their own heads. These may be set aside as temporary misadventures.But whatever religious faith we belong to, or whether or not we profess any such faith, we are all being imperilled by […]

The real patriotism

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Famous Chinese Marxist Mao Tse-tung said “the enemy will tell us which weapon we should take”. This is what president Mahinda Rajapaksa did to eliminate LTTE terrorism. The whole world understands this theory very clearly. The Sri Lankan Government never had an idea to solve this problem militarily. But it was the LTTE which led the government to this situation.“There never was a good war and bad peace” Benjamin Franklin once said. Tamils should understand this very clearly. War is always to get rid of the bad elements and peace is always there for the betterment of human being.The Tamil community also should be aware that, a country will not succeed with regional patriotism. In a multi-ethnic populated country, it is important that all communities […]

Sri Lanka Heading Towards A Militarized Society

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By Upul Kumarapperuma – The definitions given to the word militarization in dictionaries state it is an “act of assembling and putting readiness for war or other emergency”. When the word militarization is defined in the context of politics it gives a more complicated and terrified meaning as much as a tool capable of dismantling political, administrative and social structures of a society. Apart from the annual budgetary allocations to the military in comparison with budgets of other important sectors of the country, there are several other indicators to identify a militarized society, such as; a)    The subservient role of the military is converted to a stake holder of the State; b)    The effort to glorify the military and its personnel; The subservient role of […]

LANKAN OWNED DUBAI MARRIOTT AL JADDAF HOTEL OPENS

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The first ever five star hotel built and owned by a Sri Lankan living overseas, Marriott Al Jaddaf Hotel will be officially opened on September 15 in Dubai. The soft opening of the hotel was held last January. The hotel was built for one of the world’s largest Hotel Chains, Marriott USA and would consist of 351 rooms and 128 apartments. The hotel is the second building in the UAE after the Sri Lankan Embassy to carry the Sri Lankan National Flag. The owner of the property Nandana Lokuwithana who operates diversified businesses in Dubai and Sri Lanka said he invested US$ 225 million (approximately Rs. 2.9 billion) for the Marriott Al Jaddaf Hotel project. He said that the total land value of the property […]

Government Parliamentarian Thenuka surrenders to police

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Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage and his brother Uwa Provincial Council election candidate Anura Vidanagamage, who allegedly threatened a Deputy Elections Commissioner, were surrendered to the Mahiyanganaya police, today morning. The two brothers were enlarged on bail after they were produced before the Mahiyanganaya Magistrate, a short while ago. The suspects were released on personal bail of Rs.100,000, each. The Mahiyanganaya police launched investigation in connect to the incident following a complaint lodged by Deputy Elections Commissioner Namal Thalanganama. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has also written to the Commissioner of Elections concerning election rallies that held in Badulla district, violating election laws and directives issued by the Commissioner, and on this regard.

Sri Lankan Government notes double standards by British.

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Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella today accused “5 star” democracies of double standards by demanding freedom of assembly and speech and yet condemning a protest staged by Pro Government Buddhist Monks on a meeting held with the participation of Tamil families of the disappeared and some diplomats in Maradana this week.. Speaking at the weekly post cabinet press briefing today, the Minister noted that the British Government had allowed protests to take place against President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he had last visited Britain. However he says Britain and a few other countries had objected to the protest staged against a meeting held with the participation of families of the disappeared and some diplomats in Maradana this week. “There is a feeling that one sector of […]

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