UN Rights Chief Urged to Monitor the Arrest of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University Student Union Leaders: TGTE

“Request Sri Lanka not to use the current situation as a pretext to commit human rights violations against members of the Tamil community” GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, May 7, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Prime Minister Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran has urged her to monitor the arrest of N. Diwakaran (24-years-old), Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University Student Union President and S. Badilraj (23-years-old) its Secretary on 3 May 2019. In addition he urged UN Rights Chief…

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Judge who aided and abetted extremism

Western Province Governor Azath Salley said today that he knew of a judge who aided and abetted extremist terrorism and that he would provide all the information to the President about the judge. He told media in Colombo that it was reported that about three to four judges were possibly involved in supporting terrorism and that he was well aware of one such judge. “I will be getting documents of a judge who was involved in aiding and abetting terrorism. I will hand over the documents to the President,” he said…

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Easter Sunday attackers had cash, assets worth over Rs. 7 billion

The Easter Sunday attackers had assets worth over Rs. 7 billion in their possession, the Police said. Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Criminal Investigations Department has found that the group had over Rs. 140 Million in cash.  Investigations had also revealed that the group had other assets worth over Rs. 7 billion. The Police spokesman said that steps are being taken to seize all the assets. He said that there are 54 suspects related to the Easter Sunday attacks in the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department…

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Maitripala Sirisena Should Extricate Himself From The Wolves

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “Good governance demands unity in the line of command. For the current government, a creature of the 19th Amendment, the primary prerequisite for a flow of unity in command is a cooperation between President and Prime Minister.” The Split President Maitripala Sirisena has lost time in a hopeless and self-destructive flirtation with the set of wolves who were his erstwhile companions. What made him take that disastrous U-Turn? The astrologer would tell him,”bad time.” I would say, it was a disastrous experiment influenced by foul advisers around him.…

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Curfew in Sri Lanka city as religious tensions rise

Sri Lanka clamped curfews at a city outside the capital Sunday to contain religious tensions as the authorities prepared to reopen schools after Easter bombings that killed 257 people. A senior police officer said the night curfew was imposed to prevent an escalation of mob violence after attacks occurred in Negombo — north of Colombo — where over 100 Christians died in a church bombing two weeks ago. “At least two motorcycles and two three-wheel taxis have been damaged in the clashes,” the police officer told AFP. “We declared a…

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Sri Lanka police discover suspected Islamist militant training camp in Batticaloa

Sri Lankan police on Sunday discovered a 10-acre camp in the eastern town of Kattankudy, where Islamist militants linked to the deadly Easter attacks are believed to have practiced shooting and bomb-making. The walled terrain is nestled in a poor residential area on the outskirts of the home town of Zahran Hashim, who is believed to have been a key player in plotting the April 21 attacks. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the church and hotel bombings that killed more than 250 people. The narrow, sandy plot is dotted with…

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MP Rajapakse also blamed former SLFP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa for the current situation

By Shamindra Ferdinando Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP, yesterday, said that law enforcement and intelligence services were free to inquire into the members of parliament in connection with the ongoing investigations into multiple suicide bombings on Easter Sunday. Speaker Jayasuriya said so when The Island asked him what would be his response to a spate of allegations directed at some members of parliament, including UNP Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahaman by another UNPer Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, former Justice Minister. Asked for further clarification of his position, Speaker Jayasuriya emphasized that…

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Search operations find weapons, army uniforms and ammo

Many search operations were carried out throughout the island today (05) as well, leading to the discovery of weapons, army uniforms, and ammunition. Police have found 456 sets of uniforms, which belong to the tri-forces, hidden in 04 places during a search operation carried out in Galle. A stock of military uniforms and official badges used on Army uniforms have been found in a shop on Sea Street, in this manner. This search operation has been conducted in a tip-off received by the Traffic OIC at the Galle Police Station.…

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Far-reaching changes vital to dismantle terrorist network

Prof. Rohan Gunaratna said one of the bombers, Abdul Lathief, the aeronautical engineer could have been radicalised during his post graduate studies in Australia. ‘The Australian intelligence was aware of him for years, but the information was not shared with the Sri Lankan counterparts which was a grave mistake,’ he said adding that Abdul had also worked with British Jihadi John, the IS executioner in Syria. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, he said the terrorist threat in Sri Lanka has now diminished with over 95% of the operatives…

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600 visa violators deported; among them 200 Islamic preachers

More than 600 foreigners, including Islamic preachers who have come on tourist visas, have been deported during the past week for violating visa regulations. Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena, under whose purview the Immigration Department comes, told the Sunday Times that at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a directive was issued to the Immigration Department higher-ups to deport all persons violating visas. Accordingly all those people arrested for violating visa regulations have been deported. An Immigration Department official said that at present, at least 200 foreigners…

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Embattled President fighting on all fronts

Rajapaksa’s Joint Opposition ready to support him in security measures to tackle IS terror, but no political support Evidence emerges that IS chose Sri Lanka because of its close military ties with US;latest agreement runs into 80 pages UNP leadership crisis grows; Wickremesinghe faces party revolt to oust him ahead of presidential election Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was in a multi-color handloom shirt and sarong, not his white national dress with the maroon satakaya (shawl) around his neck, when he greeted President Maithripala Sirisena at the latter’s residence on Thursday night. He…

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British Minister assures help to rebuild tourism

British State Minister for Security and Economic Crime Ben Wallace at a ceremony at the Cinnamon Grand yesterday paying his respects for those who died in Easter Sunday terror attacks Wrapping up his two-day visit, UK Minister Ben Wallace assures support to return industry to full strength British State Minister for Security and Economic Crime Ben Wallace, wrapping up his visit to Sri Lanka, has assured support from the UK Government to rebuild the local tourism industry. The Minister, who arrived on Thursday (2 May), visited to reiterate the UK’s…

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Political leadership is of extreme importance when fighting terrorism, says British State Minister for Security

The British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace said the political leadership is extremely important to fight against terrorism with international connections. He said this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (May 3) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. Stating that recent attacks by Islamist terrorist is a part of the international terror campaign of the Islamist State (IS), Rt. Hon. Wallace emphasized the imperative need for cooperation among the intelligence services all over the world to combat this menace. While praising the President…

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Billionaire Asos tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen buries three of his four children

ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen yesterday said an emotional farewell to his three children who were killed in the Easter Sunday terror attack in Sri Lanka. The tycoon wrapped his arms around his wife Anne and their surviving daughter Astrid as the three white coffins draped with flowers and balloons were carried into Aarhus cathedral in Denmark. Alma, Agnes and Alfred Povlsen died during a luxury family holiday when ISIS suicide bombers ambushed the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. Today with tears in her eyes and a look of extreme pain…

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UK offers to establish Joint Terrorism Analysis Center in Sri Lanka … will also assist tourism return to full strength

British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, on Friday visited St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade, which was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday bomb attack. The visiting Minister placed a bouquet of flowers near the statue of St. Anthony, which has been moved to a location opposite the shrine for the public to pay homage. With Minister Wallace is Rev. Fr. Jude Raj Fernando, Administrator of St. Anthony’s Church. (Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja) by Zacki Jabbar The United Kingdom has offered to assist Sri Lanka establish…

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Thowheed Jamath, BBS both funded by single secret account – By Dr Wickramabahu

(Lanka-e-News -01.May.2019, 9.00PM) ) Thowheed Jamath, BBS both funded by single secret account’ Featured in a report last week. It further explained that Intelligence authorities have now established that during the Rajapaksa regime, a secret account of the defence ministry had funded Thowheed Jamath, Bodu Bala Sena and other Muslim and Buddhist extremist groups. The ‘Sathhanda’ reported quoting sources at the Presidential Secretariat. There is clear information to prove that Thowheed Jamath’s secretary Abdul Rasik Rafiquedeen was an Army intelligence member. It was him who had given information in 2008…

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Information on ‘Kaththankudy bombing of 16th’ that took Easter attack test-runs revealed! (Special report)

We published a special news a day prior (20) to the Easter Sunday attack, headlined, ‘Mysterious bombing at Kaththankudy on 16th – CID to investigate’. The news denoted an incident which a TVS Scooty-pep motorcycle with a bomb attached was blasted at Kaththankudy area on April 16.  Investigations with regard to the incident have revealed connections to the chain of events recently took place on the country, to which so far is a test-run prior to the Easter Sunday attack. The explosives acquired for the Easter attack, as well as for…

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The president has Clearly Failed at the Cost of 250 or more Lives, as Minister of Defense, the Minister in Charge of the Police and the National Security Council.

The president has Clearly Failed at the Cost of 250 or more Lives, as Minister of Defense, the Minister in Charge of the Police and the National Security Council. By Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Whilst the security operations continue, it is time for the committee set up by the president and indeed the rest of us, to consider the questions that refuse to go away and demand answers. The carnage of Easter Sunday throws up many questions, some of which have been answered albeit unconvincingly. Consequently a lot is riding on the…

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Official Statistics Reveal There Are 1669 Quran Madassahs, 317 Arabic Colleges and 277 “Ahadiya” Muslim Education Schools Linked to Mosques in Sri Lanka.

Official Statistics Reveal There Are 1669 Quran Madassahs, 317 Arabic Colleges and 277 “Ahadiya” Muslim Education Schools Linked to Mosques in Sri Lanka. By Namini Wijedasa Quran Madrasas and Arabic Colleges have mushroomed in their thousands around Sri Lanka during the past decade, promoting a “pure” form of Islam imported from West Asia that is at odds with South Asian traditions. The trend mirrors developments in other parts of this region, including Bangladesh, where strong Gulf influence has seen a proliferation of largely Saudi-funded, Arab-style mosques and educational institutions. In…

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