International experts’ advice for local panel, a foolish decision by Mahinda says Minister Champika

The government’s resolution to appoint foreign experts to advice the committee probing into complaints regarding missing persons is a foolish decision, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said. Minister Ranawaka made the observation at last night’s 360 Ada Derana TV program. He pointed out that if the Sri Lankan army forces to be blamed over this matter, sooner or later, the full responsibility would have to be taken by those who decided to do so. Minister went on saying that this was an independent decision taken by the government. “Maxwell Paranagama’s committee…

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13th Amendment and Mahinda

By Rajiva Wijesinha – I had a bizarre experience recently when I had to attend what is termed Standing Committee B of Parliament, which deals with legislation. This was in connection with the Vasantha Senanayake Foundation (Incorporation) Bill which I had sponsored. The experience was rendered worse by the Minutes which I received subsequently, which bore no relation to what had actually taken place. I presume that there is some formula for reporting the meetings of these Standing Committees, but it was certainly inappropriate in this case, given that I had raised…

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Why did the Tamil Tigers lose in Sri Lanka?

Why did the Tamil Tigers lose in Sri Lanka? Reason one for Tamil tigers lost  Tamil Tigers had to fight with 9 countries military power (India, Pakistan, Japan,China, Russia, ETC ) All these countries were providing Srilanka with military training, weapons , war planes etc etc. Sri lanka alone no way able to make tamil tigers lose. Sri lanka only good at raping the tamil girls as young as 14 years old.Reason Two : Srilankan government was using banned weapons in the war , chemical weapons ,cluster bombs etc etc.…

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Sonia Gandhi wanted Colombo to kill LTTE before finalising a political solution

by Sam Rajappa Hello Friends Sam Rajappa is a veteraqn Indian journalist with vast insight and knowledge about the happenings in the Indian corridors of power. After having worked for a number of Indian and Foreign media institutions he served as director of the Statesman print journalism school after retiring from active journalism. In a recent article appearing in “The Statesman” Sam has made a very bold revelation about how and why New Delhi “Allowed” Colombo to go ahead and decimate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) without having a…

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Find a political and diplomatic solution to fishermen’s arrests: Supreme Court

Only a political and diplomatic solution can end the frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman made this observation while disposing of writ petitions filed by former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP A.K.S. Vijayan and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai, seeking the court’s intervention. The petitioners sought a directive to the government to take steps to secure the release of fishermen from Sri…

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No to special envoy: India

India has turned down a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) request for the appointment of a special envoy to resolve the national question in Sri Lanka, Daliy Mirror learns. TNA leader R. Sampanthan is said to have made this request when he met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but sources close to the TNA said the Indian leader had not responded positively to this request. The TNA had reportedly said that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was insufficient as a power sharing arrangement with the Tamil speaking people in the…

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TESO to protest against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s UNGA address

The meet also expressed satisfaction over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support for a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) will hold demonstration in Chennai on September 3 urging the United Nations not to allow Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to address its General Assembly on September 25. A resolution adopted in the meeting of the TESO chaired by DMK president M. Karunanidhi said Mr. Rajapaksa had refused to allow the UN team seeking to investigate Sri Lanka’s human rights record. “Since he…

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Sri Lanka’s Secrets! How Rajapaksa gets away with murder Book Launch

Sri Lanka’s Secrets” is published by Monash University Publishing with a foreword by eminent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC. Grant said that the motivation to write this book came out of life stories that he kept hearing from Tamil asylum-seekers in Australia. “I work closely with these people as a convenor with the Tamil Refugee Council, helping torture victims, presenting the Tamil Manifest show on Melbourne radio 3CR and driving a van to deliver clothing, food and furniture to those struggling to exist under Australia’s heartless refugee policy. In…

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11 Opposition Party Offices Attacked in 24 Hours as Violence Intensifies in Uva with UPFA Candidates Transporting Goons into Province.

By Rathindra Kuruwita Eleven election offices of the Opposition Political Parties, including four of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), were attacked on Saturday night and early yesterday in the Moneragala District. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said Saturday had been one of the most tense days in the recent election campaign and supporters of a leading United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate were behind the attacks. “JVP offices in Obbegoda, Mariyarawa and Weliyaya, in Moneragala and Mayuragama, in Kataragama, have been attacked. Meanwhile, seven offices of other Opposition Parties…

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Powerful Government Minister protects drug leader with the blessing of President.

Thusitha Chamara alias “Kudu Chamara” has been arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division today at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while he was trying to flee the country under a fake identity. The suspect is now being held and questioned. He was arrested on 20 June for the possession of 500g of heroin and was remanded. The suspect was admitted to the Mahara hospital due to an illness while in custody from where he escaped and was in the run. By Nirmala Kannangara Following the arrest of Don Nuwan Udaya Gunathilakealias Kudu Nuwan…

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Presidential commissions cost Rs 270M What has happened to their reports?

Currently, the general public has been made to believe that special commissions of inquiry are a method used by the government to simply suppress dissent or Opposition by the people on certain matters, and as a time consuming method, when the government wants to avoid certain issues from being addressed.As the time passes, one forgets what commission was appointed to look into what particular issue. A follow-up on such commissions was hardly carried out and whether the commission submits a report to the appointing authority or whether the government or…

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