All should get opportunities equally – Cries Tamil Minister Devananda

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Douglas Devananda said that the people in the Trincomalee District should receive dividends of the development projects and thousands of jobs that are being provided under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Minister was speaking at the Local Industries Promotion Committee Progress Review Meeting at the Trincomalee Secretariat Auditorium recently. State Ministers Kanchana Wijsekara, Prasanna Ranaweera District Development Council Chairman, Parliamentarian Kapila Nuwan Athukorala and Ministry Secretaries were present. ”The Government has given priority to develop rural infrastructure facilities and to strengthen livelihoods…

Read More

Government supporter Cardinal now says he cannot be silenced

Archbishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday (20) said that destruction of public property couldn’t be condoned under any circumstances. Taking part in the annual celebrations at the St. Sebastian’s church, Katuwapitiya, the scene of Easter Sunday carnage, two years ago, the Cardinal said he couldn’t be silenced by any power. Declaring that St. Sebastian hadn’t been scared of death, the Archbishop said that he, too, was not scared of death. He assured that he would represent the interests of the community whatever the circumstances. Referring to the…

Read More

LTTE suspect accused of deadly bombing in Sri Lanka to face trial in Germany

An LTTE suspect accused of a deadly bombing in Sri Lanka is to go on trial in Germany. The suspect is to appear in court in Düsseldorf, Germany after he claimed to have detonated a bomb when he was a teen, killing six people. The Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor’s Office in their indictment said that the LTTE suspect detonated a bomb remotely in front of a convoy of the Sri Lankan Army. The allegations are largely based on the defendant’s own statements. He had made the claims in his asylum application in 2018.…

Read More

Let’s go for 13 Plus

India wants the 13th. Fine. If it is believed that repealing the 13th is out of order, then we could keep it but under a different provincial map The LLRC recommended devolution but interjected the important caveat, ‘agreeable to all communities,’ a caveat which those who gaily quote this element of the LLRC report happily leave out The number 13 is thought by some to be unlucky. Some even believe it is associated with evil. The number 13 is associated with Sri Lankan politics and some may say ‘entrenched’ in…

Read More

Muslims reluctant to go to hospital – Rishad

Muslims have become reluctant to go to hospital as they are being cremated if they succumb to COVID-19, MP Rishad Bathiudeen told Parliament today. “Muslims are scared to go to hospital as they are afraid that they will be cremated if they succumb to COVID-19,” Mr. Bathiudeen said. “Some Government MPs are misinterpreting the holy Quran saying it has not forbidden cremation. One has to read the Quran in an honest manner to understand the truth,” he added. “Muslims have got saddened, as an infant who succumbed to COVID-19 last…

Read More

Clashing demands from Sri Lanka pose a serious challenge to UNHRC

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror   Colombo, January 19: In the run-up to the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Sri Lankan Tamil parties and civil society groups have jointly presented a radical set of demands. On its part, the Sri Lankan government has resolved to stick to its stand that there is no room for any kind of foreign interference in what it considers to be an internal matter to be resolved through indigenously developed mechanisms. Eleven Tamil political parties and civil society organizations had written to the…

Read More

Kamala and Rohini: The Indo-Lankan combo in the US Vice President’s Office

Washington, January 20 (BBC): Kamala Devi Harris, born to a Jamaican Economist and an Indian Tamil cancer researcher, will make history when she takes the oath of office on Wednesday, becoming the first woman and first black and South Asian American to serve as US vice-president. Harris’ Domestic Policy Advisor is Rohini Kosoglu, daughter of a medical doctor of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. This is the first Indo-Lankan-American combo in the history of the White House. Here’s what awaits Ms Harris in her new job: What does a vice-president do?…

Read More

The story behind the 60 hours that shook Jaffna

Indian High Commissioner voices concern to Premier Rajapaksa Monday’s hartal paralyses Jaffna peninsula Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Sri Lanka SJB invites disappointed UNP group to join it Ranil to remain as UNP leader Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna, Prof. Sivakolunthu Srisatkunarajah with the students in front of a makeshift foundation stone. This for the construction of new “Mullaivaikal memorial” in the Jaffna University campus. The Indian High Commission (IHC) in Colombo made desperate efforts last Saturday (January 9) to reach Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He…

Read More

Indo-Sri Lanka Accord and 13-A

Shortsighted moves like Sinhala only The shortsighted moves like Sinhala only paved way for reactions that distanced people. It was the discriminatory historical developments that saw more Tamil people in Government offices and in professions like doctors, engineers, and teachers but a very few would understand that it was the only option young Tamil people had to do as they could not have openings in their own regions.  The older people still remember those people very affectionately, even now. The rulers do not have the presence of mind to create…

Read More

MP Harin wears a black ’Satakaya’ in Parliament

SJB MP Harin Fernando today announced that he will wear a black Shawl (Sataka) against the jailing of former MP Ranjan Ramanayake who was convicted for Contempt of Court. “I will be wearing a black sataka to protest against the jailing of MP Ramanayake ,” he said while putting the sataka on in Parliament today. “Mr. Ramanayake was sent to jail as he made bombshell speeches in Parliament and the Government wanted to silence the MP ,” Mr. Fernando said. “Puruthugisin (Portuguese) ruled this country in 1657, the Landesis( Dutch)…

Read More

Empty Ukrainian SkyUP Aircraft to the rescue in Sri Lanka

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan An empty Ukrainian SkyUP Airlines aircraft had arrived yesterday (19) to fly back around 170 Ukrainian tourists who are irritated over the new health guidelines set by Sri Lanka Tourism. The health guidelines suggest 3 PCR tests in addition to the one they obtain prior to their departure in Ukraine. They claimed it is ‘too much’ for 10 days. As of now there are 1,480 Ukrainians in the country touring around.    Udayanga Weeratunga, who organised many of the tours for Ukrainians from the beginning of…

Read More

Biden-Harris: What’s in store for Sri Lanka?

“If you don’t deal with China, you’re better off with us” ECONOMYNEXT – If all goes well – not a small ‘if’, given recent events – Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States later this evening, Sri Lanka time. Outgoing President Donald Trump is boycotting the inauguration, and words like “civil war” are being thrown around freely, but – CNN’s premature frenzy notwithstanding – the transition should be mostly smooth. Mostly. In a few hours’ time, Biden will be conferred the increasingly dubious…

Read More

Respect religious beliefs of COVID victims: US envoy

While saying that US stand with all families who have lost loved ones to this Covid-19 pandemic, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz said their rights and dignity should be respected by permitting the observance of their faith in accordance with international public health guidelines. “Ratified by Sri Lanka in 1955, UDHR Article 18 states that everyone has the right to manifest their religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, & observance. COVID created global challenges, but it should not cost us our compassion and respect for one…

Read More

UN rights chief sends critical report on Sri Lanka to Government

By Easwaran Rutnam  The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is expected to table a damning report on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next month, Daily Mirror learns. UN sources told Daily Mirror an advanced copy of the report is expected to be published well ahead of the Geneva session to ensure it makes an impact. Sources also said that a copy of the report has been sent to the Sri Lankan Government for its right of reply before it is made public. When contacted…

Read More

Sentence Of 4 Years RI For Contempt Of Court Is Unprecedented: Sumanthiran

The sentence of 4 years’ rigorous imprisonment is unprecedented and exceptionally severe, says M.A. Sumanthiran PC. M.A. Sumanthiran PC Speaking in Parliament today re. Ranjan Ramanayake, Sumanthiran said: “I want to flag one or two issues concerning the responsibility of the parliament in this regard. But before I do that I am bound by law and tradition to disclose my interest in the matter. I am the counsel who appeared for Hon. Ranjan Ramanayake in the supreme court, I was privileged to appear for a clean, honest politician in a court and I am…

Read More

“And I pledge this to you. I will be a President for all Americans, all Americans. And I promise you I will fight for those who did not support me as for those who did.”-46th US President Joe R. Biden jnr

This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy. The people – the will of the people – has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my…

Read More

“I am the counsel who appeared for Hon. Ranjan Ramanayake in the supreme court.I was privileged to appear for a clean, honest politician in a court and I am proud of that”- M. A. Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Intervention made in Parliament by TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran regarding Ranjan Ramanayake MP) ……..I want to flag one or two issues concerning the responsibility of the parliament in this regard. But before I do that I am bound by law and tradition to disclose my interest in the matter. I am the counsel who appeared for Hon. Ranjan Ramanayake in the supreme court, I was privileged to appear for a clean, honest politician in a court and I am proud of that, nevertheless he has been…

Read More