We will NOT Implement the 13th Amendment

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Close on the heels of a meeting between newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi, where the former called for early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and to go beyond, the government yesterday said that it was only the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that could decide on the matter. The Tamil National Alliance has said that it has no faith in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee and has not yet decided whether it will participate. “We have no confidence in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee as that will also be a strategy adopted by the government to delay the process of finding a solution to the ethnic question,” TNA spokesman and Jaffna District MP Suresh Premachandran told The […]

TODAY – First ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off in UK

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Large contingent of around 50 from Sri Lanka in London for one-day event at Savoy Hotel Over 150 fund managers and investment bankers from UK to attend Central Bank Chief Cabraal to keynote Forum, showcasing post-war growth potential and investment opportunities Presentation by world’s largest asset manager BlackRock a key highlight in the event organised in association with London Stock Exchange and Bloomberg Heads and senior executives of 9 listed companies and 15 broking firms to woo more UK investments By Nisthar Cassim in London The first-ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off today in London as the industry makes a concerted effort to woo fresh interests from the UK to the post-war resurgence in the country.  A large contingent of around 50 business […]

”PM Modi will finish us off within a year or so” Mahinda

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Ranil has 4 buddies in Indian cabinet! “I thought he had asked me to come because of friendship. Now, it seems he is worse than the previous ones. I will have to learn Hindu because he does not know English. If he bullies us that much at the very first meeting, it is sure he will finish us off within a year or so. Not a single Indian should be trusted,” saying thus, president Mahinda Rajapaksa played havoc at Temple Trees yesterday (29) morning upon his return from India, say Temple Trees internal sources. After attending Indian new prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in at New Delhi, the president spent the entire morning in a rage without doing any work. During times the president loses his […]

‘We deal with life and death situations’-GA

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government Analyst Department is one of the most important departments with regard to dispensing justice in the country. In its 110 year history, the second female head of this vital state institution, Sakuntala Tennakoon, with experience for over thirty years, was appointed last week.Ms.Tennakoon obtained her B.Sc Special Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, obtained her M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the University of Strathclyde. There, she received the “Zeneca Pharmaceutical Prize” which is awarded to the most meritorious student.In one of her major plans for the future newly appointed Government Analyst  Ms. Tennakoon told ‘Daily Mirror’ that she hopes to introduce a Cyber Crime Unit to the Department in order to support investigation into highly technical and IT related crimes. […]

America fears alienation of Tamils

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The continuing centralization of development and political activities by the Sri Lankan Government may further alienate ethnic and religious minority communities — including Muslims, Christians, and Hindus — and fuel expanding fears over the governments commitment to equal political rights and civil liberties, the U.S Government has said. The US noted that while it has been five years since the end of Sri Lankas 26 year civil war, circumstances are more challenging than they were a year ago. Although Northern Provincial Council elections were held in September 2013, there has been little movement on reconciliation or accountability by the Government of Sri Lanka, the U.S Government has said in a report to Congress. “Indeed, the positions of many in the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamil populations […]

PM Modi insisted on 13A – Mahinda’s dummy Jaffna Mayor

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while emphasizing on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment as a durable solution to the Lankan problem, was pleased with the post-war rehabilitation and reconstruction activities being carried out in the Northern Province, Government appointed Jaffna Mayor a well known anti LTTE  Mrs Yogeswari Patkunarajah said. Soon after her arrival in Colombo with the Presidential entourage yesterday, after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Modi as India’s 15th Prime Minister, Patkunarajah said that her meeting with Modi was pleasant and she was able to say good things in favour of President Mahinda to the new Indian Leader. The Democratically elected Chief Minister Wigneswaren refused to go with the President Mahinda who is closely associated with racist political parties who never keeps […]

Abolishing the executive presidency!

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Left parties of the government have reportedly written to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena, requesting that he summon a meeting of the constituent parties of the government to discuss constitutional reforms, including the abolition of the all powerful executive presidency. The letter, which has been copied to President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well, has been sent to the SLFP General Secretary three days ago.  The traditional political Left, which includes LSSP, CP and New Left Front, could well have best intentions. However, given the Left’s dwindling clout within the government, whether the government would heed their call is open to question. In fact, the non-inclusion of LSSP stalwart and Chairman of All Party Representative Committee, Tissa Vitarana in the latest Parliamentary […]

The Formidable Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity – Part 2 The Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, the formidable J Jayalalithaa is on a roll.  In my article,  Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity part 1, I said Jayalalithaa “is sitting pretty”.  That was before the elections. [1] Now after her “historic and unparalleled win’ at the Lok Sabha elections, capturing 37 seats out of 39, Jayalalithaa, “Tamilnadu’s Lady”, the name she gave herself, has reached a highpoint in her illustrious political career with a high popularity rating to match – she has indeed reached the pinnacle. Yet some might disagree, when she has yet another goal to achieve, that of Prime Minister of India. Why does she need that although we won’t discount it.  Why does she need that, when she is the […]

Sri Lanka Not Honoured Commitments Made To India – TNA Tells Jayalalithaa

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“We are thank full to you for the continuing concern you have shown towards the resolution of the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and we look forward to working closely with you and your government to future strengthen our ties.” Leader of the Tamil National Alliance wrote to Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, J Jayalalithaa. Sending a congratulatory message to Jayalalithaa theTNA leader said;The Tamil People in Sri Lanka do not desire a recurrence of violence. Their desire is that they and all other Sri Lankans are able to carry on their lives in the territories they live in, based on equality and justice.” He also said “Sri Lankan government has not honoured the several commitments made to India and to the International Community to evolve an acceptable political solution […]

Sri Lanka: Sifting the earth of the killing fields

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Raghu Menon Sri Lankan government has failed to deliver much peace or justice to the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans affected by the war.  The government has even refused to accept the weak recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC). The government has claimed there hasn’t been a single “civilian casualty” during the war.  It has been five years since the end of one the bloodiest conflicts in recent memory. A state of armed hostility and political instability that embroiled Sri Lanka for decades ended when the Sri Lankan forces claimed victory over the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009.The Lankan government declared a peaceful and prosperous future was about to dawn for their people and […]

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. To register to take part in the event, please go to http://endsvchack.com/. opic Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. It will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. There will be three days of free public events taking place at ExCel from the […]

Papal visit to ‘bless’ genocidal Sri Lanka next year

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Papal visit to ‘bless’ genocidal Sri Lanka next year While the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosting Rajapaksa to his swearing-in on Monday has enraged Tamils, Pope Francis on the same day has announced to media about his visit to Sri Lanka, the very State of which is accused of genocide, on-going genocide, and has been rejected by Eezham Tamils since 1972. The Papal visit would give recognition to the genocidal State, blunting the calls for genocide investigation, and for that matter any international investigation at all against the State and the Rajapaksa regime, Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island commented. The Pope’s announcement has been received with delight, reported Asian Catholic News Source, UCA News, with a cliché, “Sri Lanka’s ‘great joy’ […]

2014 Cricket Festival – Sunday June 29th

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

As you probably are aware this year’s Cricket Festival is taking place on June 29th (Sunday) – It is a colourful event organised to the best possible standard with the help of ECB and other county boards A great place… great venue… around 4000 people!!. IPL style… Music & Dance throughout!! – for more details please see attached leaflets If you (your club) or anyone else interested to take part in the festival then we are looking for the below: 1. Senior Teams ( to play in the 6’ A Side Tournament) 2. Junior Teams ( to play in a 11 A side Tournament) 3. Netball Teams ( to play in the competitive Festival Tournament) 4. Ladies Cricket Teams ( to play in 11 A’ […]

MASS PROTEST – Boycott SriLankan Cricket Saturday 31st May @ Lords

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Cricket team are back to London. Don’t let cricket hide genocide! MASS PROTEST outside Lords Cricket Ground, NW8 8QN, on Saturday, 31 May, from 10am. Tube: Jubilee to St John’s Wood | Bus: 13, 82, 113 This cricket season, England will be welcoming and playing matches with the Sri Lankan cricket team. Calling for a boycott will expose the human rights abuses that are being hidden behind the walls of Cricket. The Sri Lankan cricketers are being used as a shield to cover the ongoing genocide of Eelam Tamils. The triumph delivered from the wins of the Sri Lankan Cricket team falsely frames the Sri Lankan state as a peaceful and democratic country. https://www.change.org/en-GB/petition… #Boycott #SriLankan #Cricket #ECB #England #VoiceGenocide #Tamils Boycott SriLankan […]

Why Jayalalithaa gave Modi’s swearing-in a miss

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The presence of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not the only reason why Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa stayed away from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa kept the nation waiting for a while before deciding to skip the historic swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jaya, like most other Tamil Nadu politicians, cited the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt ceremony, but the reasons in the case of each one of them could be many. Having become used to seeing their leader draw the centre-stage in Delhi whenever she visited the national capital, party cadres would have been upset and demoralised to see ‘Amma’ as a one-in-five […]

Look at the positives side not the discrimination of the Tamil community by us

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda says critics should look at the positives in Sri Lanka following the end of the war and not just look at the non implementation of the 13+ political package he promised before the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Army in May 2009. The Tamil community has been cheated and discriminated by the sucessive Sinhala governments for 60 years since the independence received from British rule.  The Tamil youth took arms after their political leaders failed to stop the discriminations by the Sinhala leaders who played the race card to stay in power. The President recalled that Sri Lanka suffered during the brutal war but is now on the fast track of development but he refused to talk about the […]

North CM, Aussie envoy hold talks

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had talks with the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ms Robyn Mudie in Jaffna today. The Australian High Commissioner was in Jaffna on a visit when she met Wigneswaran to discuss the latest developments in the North. A wide range of issues were discussed but the details were not immediately made available to the media. Australia has been a strong critic of attempts to launch an international investigation in the country over the human rights issue. However recently the Australian Government had said it will push Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to engage with domestic and international stakeholders to advance an effective and transparent reconciliation agenda. Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to […]

”Implement the 13th Amendment in full” Modi to Rajapaksha – UNP awaits Govt.’s response

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

UNP awaits Govt.’s response Calming that the UNP would always back the government if it made a genuine effort to resolve the national issue, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella today enquired what the government intended doing with regard to the request made by the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for a political solution to the national issue.Kiriella who referred to the reports published by the Indian media in this regard, at a news conference said his party would raise a question in this regard when Parliament meets next week.“The Sri Lankan government will now have to face the music for not adhering to the promises it had given to India and the international community as a whole,” he said  The UNP MP said Sri Lanka […]

The Return Of India: New Realities For The Govt & The TNA

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Something happened. Things just changed. Unnoticed by the Sri Lanka’s cosmopolitan civil society intelligentsia which was engaged in “much wailing and gnashing of teeth” (as the Bible has it), and “how many angels can dance on a pinhead” type disputations (convoluted and obfuscatory, with much lost in translation), the tectonic plates just shifted. The five post-war years were largely wasted because the South and North, the Sinhalese and Tamil political elites represented by the Government and the TNA adopted political postures that were exceedingly unrealistic but did not appear to be so. The mutual and shared unrealism was possible because of one factor and that factor has just changed; it no longer exists. Thus in an overarching,  parabolic, strategic sense the worst may be over, though in […]

Media Not Allowed To Cover Sumanthiran Cross-Examining Gotabaya

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Tuesday prevented media from covering the court proceedings when the President’s brother, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapakasa was cross-examined by Lawyer MA Sumanthiran. Yesterday, the defamation case filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa against Lasantha Wickrematunge and the Sunday Leader on its reporting on MiG 27 purchase by the Defence Ministry was taken up at the District Court of Mt. Lavinia before Judge Gihan Ranawaka. Earlier Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave evidence-in-chief on the 22nd of May. The Cross Examination was started on the 27th May by Lawyer MA Sumanthiren. In a strange twist the Police debarred media personnel from entering the Courts to cover the proceedings. On earlier occasions it was evident that an entire media entourage was encouraged and prosecution Counsel Ali Sabri PC was seen and quite openly giving […]

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