Activists raise concerns ahead of Reparations Bill debate

7th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Proposed Office will make policy with massive cost implications and constitutionally Parliament has full control over public finance: legal experts counter-argue In anticipation of Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on the Bill to establish an Office of Reparations, civil society groups and activists have voiced concerns that as it stands, the legislation could create an office that is weak and dysfunctional. Chairman of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), Saliya Peiris has hope for the Bill, “if the office is implemented in the spirit in which the law is being introduced,” but others are urging parliament to amend the Bill, fearing even if it is implemented, the office will be too dependent on the Government to function properly. The Reparations Bill is the second pillar in a […]

Maithri and Mahinda together to defeat Budget 2019

7th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently presented the Appropriation Bill to the Cabinet which states that next year’s   State expenditure will be Rs 4,376 billion and the budget deficit will be Rs 644 billion which is 4.1% of the GDP. The highest amount of allocations under the Appropriation Bill, which is to be presented to Parliament by Minister Samaraweera on Tuesday (9), has been made for the Ministry of Defence. The allocation for Defence in the year 2019 is Rs 306 billion. A sum of Rs 221 billion has been allocated for the capital and recurrent expenditure of Provincial Councils. At the same time, capital expenditure of several Ministries including, Education, Health, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Finance, Fisheries, Agriculture and Megapolis and […]

Ex-Navy chief Karannagoda emerges as key suspect in killing of children

7th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The investigation into the abduction and the murder of 11 children has taken a new turn with fresh evidence showing the involvement of former navy chief Wasantha Karannagoda, a magistrate has been told. Criminal investigators told the Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne last week that Karannagoda intimately knew about the abductions and is continuing to suppress evidence and was keeping a tab on key navy witnesses. Karannagoda becomes the second ex-navy chief to face impending arrest over the abduction and killing of 11 children of wealthy families. They were abducted for ransom by a gang of navy officers, allegedly led by Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi. The children had been held at naval facilities in Colombo and Trincomalee between 2008 and 2009. Evidence uncovered the […]

Ranil to be removed and Mahinda to be appointed as the new Prime Minister

7th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda and Basil Rajapaksa Meet Maithripala Sirisena at SB Dissanayake’s Battaramulla Residence To Discuss The Removal Of Ranil Wickremesinghe As Prime Minister and Form New “Coalition” Govt. At present the SLFP has 23 members in the Government, whilst the ‘Joint Opposition’ has 54, besides the 15 breakaway SLFP MPs sitting in the Opposition. That totals 92 MPs, still short of a simple majority of 113, short by a sizeable 21. Among those to be asked to join the caretaker grand coalition would be the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) though it is not immediately clear they would accept the offer. In a move that appeared to appease the TNA, Sirisena has asked that lands in the north should be returned to their […]

We have to recognize the right of the other, which is politics, (and therefore power) is part of the story – BAHU

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

http://epaper.dailynews.lk/art.asp?id=2018/10/06/pg05_1&pt=p&h= Obviously there are two ways to think of the environment. firstly the attitude of the poor who is demanding from the surrounding without thinking of the damage done. The other is the civilized with a consciousness about the survival of the environment.  This doesn’t mean there’s only one way to divide the attitude of humans to the environment. There are in fact countless ways of understanding and engaging with the world around us. In the entire history humans, spread through out the world,  many ways humans reacted with the  environmental cake, so to speak: according to the ‘needs’ of the moment, envisaged futures, later give rise  cultural habits practices philosophical frameworks, theories of being etc. We need not go into all that here. What […]

Minister Mark Field, you’re utterly mistaken

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. ……………………………….. Sri Lanka still has an historic opportunity to take the steps necessary to build enduring stability and prosperity. I firmly believe this is the future that the vast majority of Sri Lankans want, whether they be at home or overseas, and we all have a part to play in achieving that shared goal.”  – Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK? 4 October 2018, http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Why-does-reconciliation-in-Sri-Lanka-matter-to-the-UK–156376.html The South is free from the misery of amed conflict. Only the military assaults of the war ceased in May 2009. But the […]

British Politicians Discuss Justice For Tamil Genocide At Conservative Party Conference

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/british-politicians-discuss-justice-tamil-genocide-conservative-party-conference British politicians discuss justice for Tamil genocide at Conservative Party conference | Tamil Guardian The British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) hosted their annual reception at the Conservative Party Conference on this weekend, where ministers and parliamentarians came and pledged to work towards justice in Sri Lanka. www.tamilguardian.com The British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) hosted their annual reception at the Conservative Party Conference on this weekend, where ministers and parliamentarians came and pledged to work towards justice in Sri Lanka. The event, which in recent years has become a popular fringe event at the conference, attracted many senior members from the British government and the Conservative party. Former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils and Chief of Staff of the Dept for Housing, Communities […]

Sri Lanka News Update 05 October 2018

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Mangala claims to have halted UN investigation and saved Rajapaksa Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from facing trial at an international tribunal – Tamil Guardian. Sri Lanka’s police chief pulls out of controversial visit to Scotland A controversial visit to Scotland this week by Sri Lanka’s police chief has been cancelled at the last minute after organisers appeared to bow to external pressure. Sri Lanka’s Tamils have long accused police there of using torture to crush its independence movement – Scotsman. Political prisoners at Magazine prison join hunger strike – 750,000 cases pending in courts Forty political prisoners at Colombo’s Magazine prison have […]

Why Does Reconciliation In Sri Lanka Matter To The UK?

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

This is the only OP ED that matters and firmly sets out the course Her Majesty’s Government will plot at the March 2019 UNHRC session, while many light weight diaspora media actors and impotent Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka publish poorly written articles in their own name to attract attention. Meanwhile those involved in working very closely with the incumbent Conservative government working quietly lobbied hard for this behind the scenes. http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Why-does-reconciliation-in-Sri-Lanka-matter-to-the-UK–156376.html Minister Field and High Commissioner James Dauris visiting a mine field Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. I know how deep the scars from […]

TGTE Welcomes UK Minister Mark Field’s Visit to Sri Lanka – Urges to Help Bring Justice to Tamil Victims of War Crimes

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

https://world.einnews.com/pr_news/464132617/tgte-welcomes-uk-minister-mark-field-s-visit-to-sri-lanka-urges-to-help-bring-justice-to-tamil-victims-of-war-crimes TGTE Welcomes UK Minister Mark Field’s Visit to Sri Lanka – Urges to Help Bring Justice to Tamil Victims of War Crimes “If Sri Lanka fails to fulfill its commitments to UNHRC by March 2019, it is important that Sri Lanka be referred to International Criminal Court(ICC)” Giving more time to Sri Lanka will not bring justice to Tamils. More time will only serve to encourage Sri Lanka and other countries who commit abuses to feel comfortable in committing atrocities.” — Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, October 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) invites Mr. Mark Field, the Minister of State for Asia, Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to seek a deep understanding of the plight […]

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Governor Cooray in London – TGTE to Hold Protest

6th October 2018 // 0 Comments

“Governor Cooray is on the Run hiding from the Tamil protesters” said one organizer of the protest. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, October 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray is visiting London. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced that it will hold protest against Governor’s public event. So far Governor Cooray is evading protesters by changing his event venues. “He is on the Run hiding from the Tamil protesters” said one organizer of the protest. As the representative of the Sri Lankan Government in the war effected Northern province, he is being accused of not caring about the Tamil war victims and instead help facilitate the presence in the Northern Province, very large number of Sri Lankan Security forces, who have […]

Racist Head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka saying that ”Human Rights is a new Western concept” is an absurd argument

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Remarks by the Head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka about human rights being a ‘new religion’ in the West, drew reactions last week  “The need for Human Rights was an outcome of the marauding religious zealots of the Inquisition and the Crusades, where non believers were massacred en-bloc. Pity, the Cardinal always seems to get things wrong in trying to be a populist.” Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera Cardinal’s comments does not represents even the views of the Catholics in the Archdiocese of Colombo which he leads.  “Inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world” says Pope Francis  Pope John Paul II had described the […]

LTTE Magazine prison detainees on hunger strike

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A group of around 43 LTTE detainees commenced a hunger strike at the Colombo Magazine Prison yesterday, according to the Prison Commissioner. These detainees are said to have commenced the strike demanding that their cases be expedited. Meanwhile, last month, eight Tamil political prisoners at the Anuradhapura prison, launched a hunger strike demanding that they be released following a quick rehabilitation programme. A number of Tamil political prisoners are still in prison for years under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), without charges being filed against them. Meanwhile, speaking to the Daily News, TNA –MP Dharmalingam Sidharthan said the TNA leadership had met with the Justice Minister on Tuesday and held discussions regarding the release of these Tamil political prisoners. He said that the Justice […]

Unfortunate and unfair to say UN resolution an interference: UK

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

UK’s Minister of State for Asia-Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, ahead of a visit to Sri Lanka, said that it is ‘unfortunate’ and ‘unfair’ to represent the Geneva resolution as interference by the international community in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. The UK Minister’s visit follows President Maitripala Sirisena’s speech last week at the UN General Assembly where he urged the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own and as an independent country it did not want any foreign power to exert influence on it. UK’s Minister Mark Field who will be arriving in the country this evening said in an op-ed article to the Daily Mirror: “There are also those who like to represent the […]

Sri Lanka’s Controversial Ambassador To Qatar Carries Rajapaksa Sons’ Bags At Airport

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar, controversial businessman A.S.P. Liyanage was seen welcoming Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Rohitha Rajapaksa, the two sons of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa – when they arrived in the country this morning. The gesture is not in line with any diplomatic protocol as the Rajapaksa sons do not hold any positions in the government, at the moment. Liyanage was seen welcoming them and carrying their bags when the CH Rugby team arrived in Qatar for a match. While Ambassador ASP Liyanage is seen carrying Rohitha Rajapaksa’s bag, Sri Lanka Embassy official and Minister for Rajitha Senaratna’s close associate Ruwan Dananasooriya is pictured pushing a trolley containing Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s bags. The Ambassador drove them to Mercure Grande Hotel where they were staying. They were Chauffer driven Ambassador in […]

Modi wants SL political parties to have dialogues with the separate Indian states – Douglas

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) MP Douglas Devananda, in an interview with , speaks about his recent visit to India along with a parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.    Urges Modi to develop Palali airport and KKS Port There is a lull in Tamil Nadu politics  Urges India to help implement 13 A in full Excerpts of this interview: Q You recently took part in a visit to India as part of a parliamentary delegation and met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. What is your assessment of the visit? As far as a visit to India is concerned, I had two issues. One is that the Tamil opposition accused me of a person barred by India. According to them, I was […]

After 4 Years in power – President wants N&E lands released to owners before December 31

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena said people in the North and East should be given back the land they are entitled to and directed the relevant officials to resolve all existing problems and release such land to the legally entitled owners before December 31 this year. The President issued this directive when he presided over a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on North East Development held for the third time at the Parliamentary Complex on October 3. The President directed officials to implement the programme according to a systematic time frame and report its progress at the next months Presidential Task Force meeting. Special attention was drawn at this meeting towards the release of land and buildings belonging to schools in the North and East held […]

Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

2nd October 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna  A Tamil journalist was attacked in Jaffna on Friday while she was riding her motorcycle home. Sumithi Thangarasa, a freelance journalist, said she was on her way home from the temple when she noticed she was being followed by an unknown person on another motorcycle. She attempted to swerve her vehicle away when she noticed the attacker was attempting to crash into her, but the attacker followed and crashed into her and threatened her verbally before fleeing the scene. Sumithi said she had suffered shock and some injuries from the attack, which she reported to Jaffna police. Related Articles: 19 August 2018 : Tamil journalist summoned by CID 11 August 2018 : TID summons Jaffna journalist along with 5 others

Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa

2nd October 2018 // 0 Comments

Mangala claims to have halted UN investigation and saved Rajapaksa  Sri Lanka’s finance minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed his government was able to halt a United Nations investigation into human rights violations committed by the military and saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from facing trial at an international tribunal. “Our country was marked as a blood stain on the world map,” said Samaraweera. “We were accused of violating human rights in the war. An international investigation was to be held even without our involvement.” “The UN halted the international investigations on this government’s promise. This government paved the way for the former president to go abroad and boast. If not for this government he would have been punished by an international court… Mahinda Rajapaksa was able […]

Scotland’s police cancel Sri Lankan police visit following pressure from Tamil activists

2nd October 2018 // 0 Comments

Scotland’s police announced a last minute cancellation of a visit by a contingent of Sri Lankan policemen to the UK, which was scheduled for this month, following pressure from Tamil activists. The Sri Lankan contingent, which included controversial head of the Sri Lanka Police IGP Pujith Jayasundara, were due to visit for a training program. However, on Friday night the Foreign Office said “plans for the delegation have changed and the visit is now no longer going ahead next week”. The Scotsman reports that the cancellation came following pressure from Tamil activists, with artist M.I.A. stating the Sri Lankan states treatment of Tamils was “genocidal”. “I hope Scottish independence activists and leaders will protest the police chief’s visit because allowing the relationship between the Sri Lankan […]

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