Overplaying the ‘China Card’?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was widely seen as heralding a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two nations. During his visit, which was the first to Sri Lanka by a Chinese President in 28 years, Xi pushed for the country’s cooperation on China’s initiative to create a Maritime Silk Road (MSR) for the 21st century. The ambitious project aims to establish a lucrative sea-trade route between China and other countries in the region and beyond. The initiative was first proposed by…

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Govt Rides On Modi now!

Tamil Nadu made a lot of noise on Sri Lanka ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), but it seemed Sri Lanka had the last laugh. Last week was a crucial week for Sri Lanka both at the UNGA and the UNHRC. A day after President Mahinda Rajapaksa explained his position on the UNHRC during his speech at the UNGA, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) explained its position on the investigation on Sri Lanka. United Nations Deputy…

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Timing of Jayalalithaa case targets Dravidian polity

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief Ms J Jayalalithaa has been sentenced on Saturday to 4 years of imprisonment, Rs. 100 crore fine and has been debarred from contesting elections for six years after the completion of the prison term by a special court of India, in a 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. Last month, New Delhi’s Central Bureau of Investigation filed a new telecommunication corruption case against a former DMK minister and a Malaysian corporate owner of Eezham Tamil origin, in addition to earlier cases on DMK leaders. The…

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Probe To Continue

By Easwaran Rutnam and Waruni Karunarathne The investigations into the war on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will continue despite a split seen at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last Thursday when Sri Lanka was discussed once again, OHCHR officials said. The investigations team of OHCHR is collecting testimonials as part of the investigation and had last week translated the document calling for submissions from English to Sinhalese and Tamil. OHCHR informed the UNHRC last week that the investigation on Sri…

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Inquest finds Lankan’s death accident

A Sri Lankan political refugee died in his London cell accidentally following failures by staff at Pentonville Prison to care for him due to budget cuts, an inquest has heard, the Islington Tribune reported. Inadequate training and lack of communication and information sharing at the Caledonian Road prison contributed to the death of Satheeskumar Mahathevan, a jury at St Pancras Coroner’s Court ruled. The 31-year-old supermarket cashier, who fled Sri Lanka’s civil war as a teenager in 1999 in fear of his life, was found hanged in his cell on…

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Government hails ruling against Jaya

The Government hailed the court ruling against the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, which will effectively see her being forced to resign. Ties between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu have been strained over the years, particularly on a long standing conflict between fishermen of both countries, fueled in recent times by accusations raised by Jayalalithaa. Jayalalithaa was today found guilty by an Indian court in a disproportionate assets case which has resulted in her losing her post as Chief Minister and being sentenced to jail. Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne said…

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How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder

Sri Lanka’s Secrets How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder By Trevor Grant With a foreword by Geoffrey Robertson QC Author Trevor Grant in conversation with Julian Burnside AO, QC, and official launch of Sri Lanka’s Secrets, 14 August at Readings Bookshop, Carlton, 6 for 6.30pm As the civil war in Sri Lanka drew to its bloody end in 2009 the government of this island nation removed its protection from UN officials and employees, who, along with other international observers, were forced to leave the conflict zone. President Mahinda Rajapaksa…

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Jayalalithaa Given Prisoner No 7402 and Housed in VVIP Cell No 23 with Bed,Fan and Bathroom Facility in Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara.

If Ms Jayalalithaa can get an acquittal in a higher court, she will still have a chance of making a comeback: If she fails, it may prove difficult to remote control the party for 10 years. By Imran Gowhar Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has been convicted in the disproportionate assets case, has been allotted the VVIP Cell number 23 in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. She has been given prisoner number 7402. Sources said the cell is located next to the women’s barrack. Jail authorities said the occupant…

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Cho. Ramaswamy says Legal Avenues are Available to Jayalalithaa and that she may come out Unscathed in the Future.

By B. Kolappan & B. Aravind Kumar Every time her political rivals have written her off, Tamil Nadu’s three time Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has made a comeback. And so while AIADMK’s political rivals believe that Saturday’s verdict against Ms Jayalalithaa would be a permanent setback and weaken her hold over the party, political analysts refuse to endorse this assessment. Veteran journalist and political analyst Cho Ramaswamy said though the judgment was a blow to her now, there was a lot of sympathy for Ms Jayalalithaa among the people. “The considered…

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Ms.Jayalalithaa Still has Avenues of Appeal Open to her -The Hindu

(Text of an Editorial Appearing in “The Hindu”of September 28th 2014 Under the Heading “The Long Road to Justice”) The conviction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case by a Special Court in Bangalore is a significant vindication of a vital constitutional principle — that the rule of law be upheld for all citizens including persons in high public office. Too often have members of the political class managed to get away with the abuse of power, betraying the trust of the people who voted them…

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Narendra Modi and Mahinda Rajapaksa Talk in New York “About Various Issues” but 13th Amendment “Issue was not Discussed in the Meeting”.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York yesterday with the two leaders discussing key issues, including bilateral and regional, media reports said. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Mr. Modi was sworn-in as India’ Prime Minister in May this year. “The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues,” Mr. Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, “The issue was…

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