Udayanga Weeratunga nephew of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Arrested

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga had been reportedly detained at the Dubai Airport this morning, while in transit to the United States, sources said. He was to be handed over to the Dubai Police by the immigration officers. Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former envoy to Russia was accused of being the centre of a probe into the acquisition of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine, while he was also accused of supplying weapons to anti-Government forces. Interpol arrest warrant was taken in October 2016 following an FCID request made…

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Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena remanded

UPDATE (8.50) :The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena who were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) earlier this morning, were taken to CID headquarters to record their statements , said Police Spokesman. They were arrested by CID officers who arrived at their respective residences in Colombo, today. On Friday, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court named former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena as suspects in the CID’s investigation into the bond scam. The Criminal…

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Seventy Years of Independence and Tamils of Sri Lanka

A significant section of the Tamils was in the vanguard of a freedom struggle against the British. The nearest to an anti-British, pro-freedom struggle, in the country came from the North The south…was generally quiet during British rule The dominant Sinhala political class preferred to cooperate with rather than confront the British  By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, gained Independence from Britain on February 4, 1948. The Island nation had been under colonial bondage for a very long period.…

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Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day

Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland  Dear High Commissioner,  Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day  On February 4 Sri Lanka marks its 70th year of independence from Britain.  Historically, this day has been a painful one for the Tamils both who live in Sri Lanka and those who have been forced into exile by discrimination and anti-Tamil violence.  Tamil dignitaries and politicians…

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War taught us heroism – Tamil Women

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Local Government elections to be held later this week is being conducted under new laws which make it mandatory for the Elections Commission to ensure that 25 per cent of the elected Councillors are women, has made female politicians in Jaffna very enthusiastic about the poll. Ceylon Today visited the Northern capital at end of January and met some of the women candidates from major political parties contesting in the forthcoming LG polls and found that they are not only getting ready to challenge male…

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Mt.Lavinia Police Ex- Crimes OIC Arrested for Questioning Over Concealing Evidence In Lasantha Wickrematunga Murder; Arrest of Former IGP,DIG and SP Also Imminent

By Camelia Nathaniel The CID had taken into custody the former Crimes OIC of the Mount Lavinia Police on a 48 hour detention order over the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge which took place nine years ago. CID sources told the Daily News that the then Crimes OIC of the Mt. Lavinia Police, Sub Inspector Tissa Sugathapala was taken into custody on Wednesday by the CID and had obtained a court order to detain him for 48 hours for questioning. According to CID sources, many details that had…

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