MR the ‘great Sinhala Buddhist’ now seeks prayers of US Christian Pastor to dispel his fears after Duminda’s death sentence!

So desperate has discussions until midnight (Lanka-e-News -10.Sep.2016, 11.45PM)  Mahinda Rajapakse the former corrupt brutal ruler,  who treated Duminda Silva as a watchdog and allowed to commit all the crimes including drug peddling had got so frightened and  panic stricken following Duminda’s death sentence on the 8th  . Here is a photo depicting Mahinda clinging on to a straw (vide photo). Poor Mahinda who was  so shaken and unnerved following Duminda’s death sentence , had invited a Christian Pastor  yesterday evening through his private secretary Uditha Lokubandra to invoke blessings…

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This September In Geneva: Sri Lanka At The UNHRC

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka –   Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka The September session of the United Nations Human Rights Council will start on the 13th of this month. There is a report on Sri Lanka due to be presented there. It is the Report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on its mission to Sri Lanka. I am no lawyer or any kind of expert but as I have closely observed the Council from a ringside seat (in the years 2007-2009) and am familiar with it,…

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My Request To Sinhala Youth

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran – Northern Chief In recent times complicated political issues and activities made the life of the people of this area precarious. The youth here therefore revolted against the Central Government and its agents due to the repressive measures they resorted to. This in turn led to a long war which took the lives of thousands and thousands unnecessarily. *Translation of the Chief Guest Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s speech at the National Youth Services Council organised 28th National Youth Sports Festival held at Jaffna Central College Playground on 10.09.2016…

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8 Army Int officers to be charged with murder

By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has concluded the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda and the final report is expected to be referred to the Attorney General (AG) within two weeks seeking indictment of the suspects. A senior CID source told this reporter that there was adequate evidence to file murder charges against the eight army intelligence officers, who have been remanded on allegations of abducting and killing Ekneligoda. The source said the CID expected the Attorney General to indict these suspects in the High…

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TAMIL REFUGEES…..A DOG’S LIFE?

A colleague has just returned to work after spending nearly two full days at his loved pet cat’s deathbed. Having lavished his beloved pet with all the love and attention humanly possible, he knew the depths of agony as all of us who are human in the real quintessential sense of the word, experience in life. That word – quintessence – comes from the fifth, and the most vital, of the five elements which make up the universe: earth, water, air and fire are the other four. The fifth, quintessence,…

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Hirunika makes public photo of father after shooting

Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra today made public a photograph of her father, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, which was taken after he was shot dead in 2011. The photograph which was published on her Facebook page, shows the body of her father with a gun-shot wound on his head. “Everytime I see this picture I don’t think it’s real, because I only remember his handsome face with a smile on. For the first time in my life I am posting this picture.. not for your sympathy but for you to understand this is…

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Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka: A Road to Nowhere?

By Taylor Dibbert Editor’s Note: Sri Lanka represents that rare turnaround in counterinsurgency, where a beleaguered government fighting one of the world’s most formidable insurgencies – the Tamil Tigers – gained momentum and eventually crushed the rebels. But what happened after victory? Instead of redressing many of the grievances that allowed the insurgency to flourish, the government conducted a broad crackdown on the Tigers’ supporters, imprisoning many on the basis of at most scant evidence. Taylor Dibbert of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs calls on the United States and…

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