Vadamaraadchi East villagers capture SL Navy trooper for rape attempt

The villagers of Vinaayakapuram at Vettilaik-kea’ni of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna captured a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) sailor, who had entered into the house of a former LTTE member and attempted to sexually abuse his wife in the early hours of Wednesday. The neighbours, who were alerted by the shouting of the woman around 1:00 a.m. rushed to the spot and captured the Sinhala-speaking man after chasing him for a while. The villages severely assaulted the culprit before handing him over to the SL Police with the demand of immediate…

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Tamil woman under SL military training dies in Jaffna

A 26-year-old Tamil woman from Mullaiththeevu, who was conscripted by the occupying SL military was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital this week and died at the hospital on Thursday after a mysterious vaginal illness. The victim, Ajantha Prasath, a mother of a 6-year-old girl was from Chelvapuram in Oddu-chuddaan in Vanni. The lone poverty-stricken mother, living with her parents, was deceived with a ‘job offer’ by the SL military three months ago on 22nd May, was under military training at Palaali base. Ajantha died of ‘vaginal cancer’ according to the…

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‘Sanction clauses’ for Lanka’s deals with European agencies

European export credit agencies have begun imposing “sanction clauses” into draft agreements with Sri Lanka in anticipation of international economic, trade and financial sanctions or embargoes — a move the Government has vigorously opposed. This would mean that if international sanctions or embargoes are imposed on Sri Lanka, the export credit insurance cover would be suspended. This could result in the lending partners demanding a renegotiation of terms with higher interest rates, seeking outright settlement or introducing fresh conditions reflective of the higher risk. Export credit is opened by an…

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UN committee questions government

The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan Government on several issues including on the progress made by the Sri Lankan Army’s Court of Inquiry in investigating allegations of civilian casualties during the war. The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 7 to 31 October with Sri Lanka being discussed on October 7 and 8. The reports to be considered during the 112th session are those of Sri Lanka,…

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Lanka signs US$ 760,000 lobby deal

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…

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Do or die in the next three years

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…

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Weary Of Domestic Mechanisms – Rayappu Joseph

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…

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

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,…

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On SL soil

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…

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How Much Does Corruption Cost The Citizen

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…

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Testifying on War crimes is not a violation of the Constitution

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…

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All of Sri Lanka suffers to serve whims of ruling clan

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…

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

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…

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“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”

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…

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