Government to investigate LTTE link to Rajapaksha

The Government says it will investigate the LTTE activities over the past few years including its funding and alleged links it had with the former Government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Mawanella today, said that the Government wants to know what happened to the funds of the LTTE. “This is part of our probe on corruption. The former Government always accused us of having links with the LTTE but it was they who had links with the Tigers,” the Prime Minister said. He said that investigations will include obtaining…

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Sri Lankan links emerge in ”carry out terror strikes on American and Israeli consulates”

The documents handed over by the US to India in connection with the probe into the plot to carry out terror strikes on American and Israeli consulates in the South have established communication between Sakir Hussain, undergoing jail term in the case, and ‘Shahjee’, a Pakistani national introduced to the accused allegedly by a Pakistani diplomat working in Colombo, the Press Trust of India reported. NIA, which has carried out the probe into the conspiracy meticulously, had sent a request under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to the US for details…

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On Independence Day Govt. to sympathize with war-affected

On Independence Day Govt. to sympathize with war-affected Following the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to make a statement on peace at the 67th Independence Day Celebrations, to be held on 4 February 2015. Acting Foreign Minister, Ajith P. Perera and Minister of Home Affairs and Fisheries, Joseph Michael… … Perera, taking into consideration the LLRC recommendations, have proposed to express sympathy and cooperation with the war-affected in the country, and to pledge that it will be dedicated…

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Withdraw Proposal to Send Tamil Refugees Back to Sri Lanka :MDMK

TUTICORIN: Erstwhile NDA ally MDMK today urged the Centre not to go ahead with the proposal for sending back Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to their country, claiming that the move is aimed at preventing action against the island nation government in the UN Human Rights Council. “The measures taken to repatriate Sri Lankan Tamils is to prevent action against Sri Lankan government for the alleged human rights violation in United Nations. MDMK urges India to withdraw it proposal to send the refugees to their home towns in Sri Lanka,” the…

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Ruwan to check ground situation in North & East this week

by Shamindra Ferdinando State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene is undertaking a tour of the Northern and Eastern Provinces later this week in accordance with the new government’s overall plan to re-examine the ground situation there, senior officials said. Wijewardene is scheduled to receive briefings from the military at Security Forces headquarters in Palaly on Jan. 6 followed by visits to Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya on the following day. He will visit Trincomalee on Jan. 8. The military was keen to brief Wijewardene regarding the post-war situation in the Northern…

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No move to lift ban on diaspora

The new government says it has no intention of lifting the ban imposed on the several Tamil Diaspora groups for their alleged involvement with the LTTE and over attempts to revive terrorism in the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera told a weekend newspaper the new government hopes to maintain the ban imposed on the organisations that were alleged to have links with the LTTE. When inquired if the new government would consider lifting the ban, he added that there had not been any discussion or consideration by the new government about lifting…

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Northern Province Chief Minister backs K. Sripavan as the CJ

Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court Judge C V Wigneswaran welcomed the appointment of Justice K Sripavan as the new Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Wigneswaran said that Sripavan deserved to be appointed as the Chief Justice adding that his appointment will go well for the legal system in Sri Lanka. “He is a good man and we can expect some good through his appointment,” Wigneswaran said. However he noted that a change cannot be expected overnight in Sri Lanka’s judiciary with Sripavan’s appointment and so it will take time. Wigneswaran…

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UN pushes for credible process

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed on the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible accountability mechanisms on the war, which meet international standards. Eri Kaneko at the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that advancing accountability, like other parts of the post-war agenda in Sri Lanka, will lay the basis for the country to make further progress on peace, democracy and development. Kaneko said the UN stands ready to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the post-war agenda, as the UN has consistently affirmed. “The Secretary-General…

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Report to be submitted to Centre on problems faced by fish’men

A Parliamentary Standing Committee today said it would submit a report to the Centre on the problems faced by fishermen, including attacks allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the vexed issue. “The Committee visited Ramanathapuram and met affected fishermen. We will submit a report to the Centre on problems faced by the fishermen, including attacks by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the problem,” Committee Chairman Dr E M Sudarsana Nachiappan told…

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Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally

Geary determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied, regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality. Considerable attention has been paid to how boys’ educational achievements in science and math compare to girls’ accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls in these areas. Now, using international data, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, have determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70…

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A Chance for Justice in Sri Lanka?

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in Sri Lanka’s 2015 presidential election evoked, for me, some harrowing images and a glimpse at a path to justice. An estimated 40,000 civilians died in the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, as government forces battled the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. While no court has held a formal investigation, it is alleged that government forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. In 2010, London’s Channel 4 News produced an extraordinary investigative documentary into the killings, and…

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JHU threatens Govt: Punish criminals or we quit

The Jathika Hela Urumaya has threatened to quit the government, before the 100-day time frame comes to an end, if the latter fails to take.. JHU threatens Govt: Punish criminals or we quit By Anuradha Samuel The Jathika Hela Urumaya has threatened to quit the government, before the 100-day time frame comes to an end, if the latter fails to take… .. speedy action against thieves, murderers and corrupt persons. JHU Leader Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said, “If the present government also acts like the previous one and fails to…

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DMK Condemns Tamil Nadu Govt Over Lankan Refugee Issue

DMK leader Karunanidhi yesterday condemned the AIADMK government for not participating and voicing its opinion in a meeting convened by the Centre to discuss voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. Referring to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “a conducive atmosphere does not prevail in Sri Lanka for Tamil refugees to return there,” he sought to know why it was not voiced in the meeting. “The same opinion could have been voiced in the meet convened by the Centre and an effort could have…

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Minister Faizer Mustapha To Officially Resign On Monday

Civil Aviation State Minister Faizer Mustapha, who is displeased with the appointment of Ajith Dias as SriLankan Airlines Chairman, is to officially resign from his ministerial portfolio on Monday, Asian Mirror reliably learns. Mustapha is going to resign from his position on the grounds that he was kept in the dark about the appointment although he was the duly appointed state minister to overlook the subject. Ajith Dias, a prominent business leader in the apparel sector, was appointed as the SriLankan Airlines Chairman by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Asian Mirror…

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‘Ensure improved climate to protect press freedom in Lanka’

The country ranked fourth on CPJ’s 2014 Impunity Index Washington: A US-based journalist advocacy group has asked the new Sri Lankan government to ensure improved climate for press freedom and to take concrete and meaningful steps in this regard. In an open letter to the new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPG) said, he has the opportunity to write a new chapter in country’s history. “Under your leadership, Sri Lanka can regain the confidence of its journalists by undertaking serious reforms that promote press freedom…

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There is still hope for Sri Lanka’s minorities

Sirisena’s positive moves will stand his country in good stead in the eyes of the global community Sri Lanka’s minority communities, especially the Tamils, must cast aside their reservations and give the newly-elected government of President Maithripala Sirisena a chance to heal old wounds. Sirisena is reaching out by reversing the clock on the people’s suffering in the civil war that ravaged northern parts of the country. This was once the bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who fought a brutal war for a separate homeland for…

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Canada seeks power devolution

The Canadian Government says it will continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that it is Canada’s hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government He also welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court and recalled that in January 2013, at the time of the Chief Justice’s impeachment, he had expressed…

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How the JVP Fought a Guerilla War Against the Indian Army in Trincomalee

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Leading Politbureau member of Frontline Socialist Party(FSP) Kumar Gunaratnam alias “Kumara Mahathaya” a.k.a. Noel Mudalige is very much in the news these days.There is much speculation that Kumar (whose full name is Premakumar Gunaratnam ) who is currently in Sri Lanka on a month long tourist visa may not obtain an extension and may have to leave or be deported from the Island.Gunaratnam is currently a holder of an Australian passport bearing the name Noel Mudalige.The FSP leader who arrived in Sri Lanka a month ago has supposedly…

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