Reading between lines Ban Ki Mun’s Interview by Mr Deen.

Sunday Times published an interview recoding of Mr Ban Ki Mun, who will be relinquishing his duties after a two term spell as Secretary General in December 2016.  The exclusive interview was conducted by Mr Thalif Deen apparently from a minority group ‘Muslims’. The two terms as SG were troubled filled with many minorities in the world suffering a lot when tyrannical racialist leaders set their armies and militia against the minorities eg. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Yemen and Sri-Lanka. According to Mr Deen the SG will pay a three…

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Chief Minister calls for security of Tamil students at Peradeniya

Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has urged Maithripala Sirisena to ensure the safety of Tamil undergraduates studying at Peradeniya University. The chief minister of Northern Tamil Eelam has made the request in a letter sent to the Sri Lankan President sent today following the request of the parents of Tamil students injured in racist attacks by Sinhala students. In his letter, Wigneswaran has pointed out that the Sri Lankan president’s security guarantees to Tamil students studying at Peradeniya University should be made in the same way that they were earlier made to…

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BRITISH PM MAY ACTED UNREASONABLY ON TAMIL ASYLUM CLAIM.

A Scottish judge has criticised the British Prime Minister Theresa May for the way she dealt with a Tamil asylum claim while being Home Secretary. Former Lord Advocate Lord Boyd of Duncansby has said that May had ‘acted unreasonably’, according to the Scottish daily Herald Scotland: ‘Theresa May rapped by senior Scots judge over being “too ready to dismiss” Sri Lankan asylum case evidence Martin Williams, Senior News Reporter ONE of Scotland’s most senior judges has said Theresa May “acted unreasonably” when she dismissed a former Sri Lankan militant’s asylum…

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Defending Building of Buddhist Viharas and Erecting Buddha Statues by the Army/Navy in the North is Bad Politics

Hon. Reginald Cooray Governor Governor’s Secretariat Old Park, Kandy Road, Chundukuli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. (Email: reginoldcooray@gmail.com) Defending Building of Buddhist Viharas and ErectingBuddha Statues by the Army/Navy in the North is Bad Politics His Excellency, We wish to draw your attention to the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council last week condemning the building of a Buddhist vihara by Sri Lankan troops on landbelonging to a Hindu temple in Kilinochchi. The resolution called for the immediate halt of construction work on land within the premises of the historical Kanakambikai Amman Temple at Kilinochchi. It is claimed the…

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House unites on ‘Missing Persons’ Bill facilitating ‘Certificates of Absence’

By Chandani Kirinde- Lobby Correspondent The Government this week moved a step further in its efforts to provide relief to loved ones of thousands of persons reported missing in the country, as a result of the conflict which took place in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, or its aftermath as well, due to subversive activities, political unrest, civil disturbances and enforced disappearances. This relief will come in the way of “Certificates of Absence” issued in lieu of a death certificate, until the circumstances of the disappearances of the persons are…

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NO Foreign judges in war crimes probe

The Government today asserted that foreign judges have not been considered in the investigation on the war. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a group of journalists today that the judicial process will be domestic with the possibility of obtaining the advise of foreign experts. He said Sri Lanka’s commitment to address issues related to the war had drawn support from the international community, including the US, China and India. Samaraweera said that this was clear from the support Sri Lanka had when it co-sponsored a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council…

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TNA MPs meet PM; discuss N-E issues

A team of TNA parliamentarians led by Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday to discuss matters pertaining to the people in the North and East, a press communique from the Opposition Leader’s Office stated. During the meeting Sampanthan had drawn the attention of the Prime Minister towards unauthorised constructions and resettlement taking place in the North and East. “The TNA delegation also raised concerns over temples and statues being erected in the area. They pointed out that they were not against the resettlement of Sinhala…

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Tamils continue to face racial discrimination in Sri lanka, says UN Committee post review

Tamils continue to face discrimination in Sri Lanka, a UN committee stated recently, and questioned the island-country if Indian Tamils were allowed to get back to their homeland – while reviewing a report on the anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by the country. No cases of sexual violence – during the horrific civil war in Sri Lanka – had been submitted, even though this had affected thousands of women, said Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, committee member and country rapporteur for Sri Lanka, during a review of Sri Lanka in the 90th session…

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A strong NO to ‘Sinhala Only’

A strong NO to ‘Sinhala Only’ Menika sat up and watched with great interest a part of Wednesday’s TV news on the channel she favours. There was Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, elegant in an orangy yellow sari, her trim hair distinctively streaked grey. Matching her elegance was her deeply reflective speech in Committee Room A of the BMICH at the soft launch of the website for a bilingual/trilingual resources pool. She was speaking as the Chairperson of the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). Who better to grace the stage…

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Military Intelligence involved in killing of Ekneligoda

By Stanley Samarasinghe Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sarath Jayamanne told the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday that he had evidence to prove that Prageeth Ekneligoda was abducted by intelligence officers of the military. He said he would take full responsibility for what he had said. Jayamanne revealed this before Bench comprising Chief Justice Sripavan and Justices Sisira Abrew and Upali Abeyratne, when providing answers to the petition filed by the two intelligence officers now in custody. The petitions had been filed by W.G. N. Upasena and Lance Corporal Rupasena. The petitioners…

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FCID: Now, a dead duck!

Random Notes with Ravi Ladduwahetty “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power, corrupts those who are subject to it.” – Aung San Suu Kyi in ‘Freedom from Fear’ One of the principal planks of the government in Opposition was to root out unprecedented corruption during the last regime. The dictatorial actions of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, also, fanned the flames of corruption in the decade of office of the previous regime. It was with such…

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SLFP split at hand;Sirisena holds urgent talks with CBK and party seniors

Former President Rajapaksa says his loyalists unhappy to attend next Sunday’s party convention in Kurunegala, but large crowds to be transported SLFP ministers insist on major changes to VAT, more consultations before finality is reached Cabinet approves Rs 166 million for Secretariat Co-ordinating the Reconciliation Mechanism (SCRM); Tittawella, Dayananda to head it. By Our Political Editor Economic and political issues continue to predominate the Government agenda. Uppermost among them is legislation to give legal effect to the Value Added Tax (VAT) which was raised from 11 to 15 % in March…

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Cardinal supported killing of thousands of Tamils by Rajapaksha!

Senior Journalist D. B. S. Jeyaraj had written an article to a weekend English newspaper. The article was based on the disappearance of Father Thiruchelvam Nihal Jim Brown from a Catholic church in the North. At a moment when laws have been prepared to establish an office to inquire into disappeared persons, it was stated in this article that it was the responsibility of the Maithri-Ranil government to look into the disappearance of this clergyman as well. On the very same day Jeyaraj had written this article, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith…

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Fresh Action Must be Initiated Against the Alleged Corruption of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the “Helping Hambantota” Affair.

by Vimukthi Yapa The eleventh anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami came and went on December 26 last year with hardly a mention of Helping Hambantota, the scandal that, if not for the timely intervention of the Supreme Court, would have torpedoed the presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa before it even began. A review of the scandal during Rajapaksa’s term would arguably have called for more courage than even the most intrepid of Sri Lanka’s reporters could muster. After all, more than a dozen journalists including our own founding editor Lasantha…

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Rajapakses shed crocodile tears after orchestrating attack on Tennekoon following the killing of Lasantha

Cat is out of the bag..! Rajapakses shed crocodile tears after orchestrating attack on Tennekoon following the killing of Lasantha -Tennekoons identify culprit Udalagama – Lasantha’s killer! (Lanka-e-News – 28.Aug.2016, 6.15 AM) Former Rivira editor Upali Tennekoon and his wife Friday(26) identified the barbaric  scoundrel who seven years ago launched a most brutal attack on them, thereby identifying also the root cause of the cruel and murderous  attacks that were unrelentingly directed against the media during the entire era of the brutal ,corrupt and lawless Medamulana Rajapakse nefarious reign ,…

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Top UN Committee Says Tamil, Muslim And Christian Minorities Continue To Be Discriminated In Sri Lanka

Just days ahead of the visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Sri Lanka, a top United Nations Committee has highlighted that discrimination against Tamil, Muslim and Cristian minorities persisted despite the coalition government’s commitment to promote and protect human rights in the country. Jose Francisco Cali Tzay This was highlighted by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recently in Geneva which concluded the examination of the combined tenth to seventeenth periodic report of Sri Lanka on its implementation of the provisions of the International Convention…

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US lobby firm hired by Malik: More questions than answers

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent We thank Minister Malik Samarawickrama for confirming our story. He should have announced it long before the Sunday Times broke the story. We stand-by every word in our story. While we are happy that the Minister has been forced to come out publicly about his ministry hiring a US firm to lobby, an issue that is the subject of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry for the same exercise during the previous Government, we say that it is the Minister who is economic with the truth about…

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Ban Ki-moon To Help Reconcile Conflicting Interests During Sri Lanka Visit

COLOMBO: The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will do his bit to reconcile conflicting interests in Sri Lanka during his three-day visit to the island beginning on August 31. From his program it appears that he will press for unity and cooperation between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils; between the predominantly Tamil North and the predominantly Sinhalese South; and between Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and the leaders of the Tamils’ main party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). To convey to the Sinhalese majority that the UN is…

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SLMC split on reforms

Reformists within the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have made revelations of a rift within the Party which is threatening to weaken its stronghold in the East. Several stalwarts of the SLMC including its General Secretary, Hassen Ali and Chairman, Basheer Segu Dawood have called for an overhaul of the Party structure and its constitution, alleging that the current leadership was adopting a dictatorial approach. In addition, a section of the Party has also urged the high command of the SLMC to probe allegations levelled against the Party Leader, Rauff…

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Seasoned Sri Lanka hand Taranjit Sandhu to be India’s next envoy

COLOMBO: Taranjit Singh Sandhu will be the next Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka succeeding Y.K.Sinha who has completed his term. An old Sri Lanka hand, Sandhu was Political Counselor in the Indian High Commission in Colombo between 2000 and 2004, which covered the 2002-2004 Norway-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka. Born on January 23, 1963, he did his schooling at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and graduated with History Honors from St. Stephens’ college, Delhi. He then took a post graduate degree in International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University and…

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