Is the army there to stoke hatred, animosity and build Buddhist temples in the North or provide security and create harmony.?

Is the army there to stoke hatred, animosity and build Buddhist temples in the North or provide security and create harmony.? -By Wimal Dheerasekera (Lanka-e-News -21.Aug.2016, 11.30PM) During the past when peace was being restored in the country , most infamous  Major General Hendavitharne ,an advisor to an equally or more notorious  ex defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse influenced by a Trincomalee three wheeler association ,while  attempting to install a Buddha statue by force in Trincomalee incited a racial  conflict among the population there . In like manner by trying to…

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Hopeful for a better future – Dr. Vickramabahu

65th SLFP convention is to be held on 4th September and party leader Maithree has decided to clean the fascistic rebels, before that. In this column, we have pressed to defend this party of populist liberals, from fascistic intruders. SWRD who started the SLFP entered politics as a liberal politician proposing a federal solution to the nationality problem in 1926. However after forming the SLFP, on the sensitive issue of language, the party originally espoused the use of both Sinhala and Tamil as national languages, but in the mid-1950s it…

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Sampanthan Wants Government To Release Tamil Prisoners

Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has called on the Government to release the Tamil prisoners who continue to be in custody under the Prevention of the Terrorism Act (PTA). Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan In an adjournment motion in Parliament today, Sampanthan said that even though it is seven years since the armed conflict came to an end, there is still no finality to the issue of these Tamil prisoners in custody, with some of these prisoners being in custody for long…

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Building Buddhist temples, placing statues under Bo-trees: Have negated reconciliation efforts

Government Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said building Buddhist temples, placing Buddha statues under Bo-trees and at junctions by the security forces after defeating the LTTE in the North-East had not done any good other than to negate the government’s reconciliation efforts. “On several occasions, I spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on this matter. He accepted the negative impact of these actions but said it was not possible to stop armed forces personnel from doing so,” he said. The minister said though places of religious observances had been erected at…

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OMP Act: Speaker requests Govt. to accommodate further Amendments

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday in Parliament asked the Government to look into the possibility of accommodating further Amendments to the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Act. He made this observation when it was pointed out that several Amendments proposed by the JVP and TNA had been missed at the Committee Stage of the Bill owing to the pandemonium prevailed at that time. However, the Speaker reassured that there is no question on the validity of the Act as it has gone through all the required channels. Leader of the House…

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North Sri Lankan Chief Minister sets goals and parameters for development projects

Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran. COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Tuesday outlined the economic goals of his largely rural province and set the parameters within which economic development projects should be conceived. Addressing a conference of international donor agencies, organized by R.Paskaralingam, Adviser to the Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation, Wigneswaran said that first and foremost, any plans for the economic development of his province will have to be discussed with first with his administration and…

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OMP a part of larger process of transitional justice: NPC

Welcoming the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) bill, the National Peace Council (NPC) said that the passage of the bill, albeit in controversial circumstances in Parliament, augers well for the forward movement of the reconciliation process. Issuing a statement, the NPC praised the legal foundation of the first of the four transitional justice mechanisms that the government has pledged to establish. “We are disappointed that the Joint Opposition members failed to cooperate with the parliamentary process, and refused to debate the new law according to the agreed schedule in parliament.…

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OMP undergoes belated debate

Total freedom to investigate all disappearances: OMP undergoes belated debate by Manjula Fernando & Uditha Kumarasinghe Minister Malik Samarawickrema with Parliamentarians Geetha Kumarasinghe and Udaya Gammanpila wearing black scarves to protest against the Bill. Even as the Joint Opposition tried to whip up public anger over the Office of Missing Persons Bill, passed in a hurry in Parliament last Thursday, the Paranagama Commission on Missing Persons handed over their final report to President’s Secretary P.B.Abeykoon. The members of the Paranagama Commission submitted the report to the President’s Secretary on August…

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