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Many disappeared Tamil youths still alive in detention camps – detainee
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Many Sri Lankan Tamil youths who were made to disappear by force by the government Security Forces are still alive in detention camps without consciousness due to prolonged torture in the past, a released Tamil political prisoner revealed on Thursday. Navaratnam Nishanthan, who was released from the notorious Boosa detention camp after being acquitted from all charges by a court December last year after nine long years, told
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We have the answer to Geneva
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Over 3,500 reformed LTTE cadres, who are now being employed in the Civil Security Department (CSD) in the Vanni District, pleaded with President Maithripala Sirisena to visit them. The employed cadres who expressed their gratitude to President Sirisena for the decision he took in making them permanent in their employment, after being on probation for almost four years, believe the answer to Geneva Human Rights Council is with them. A group of reformed LTTE cadres, in conversation with Ceylon Today said, their life was in
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Why South Asia’s majorities act like persecuted minorities No conspiracy theory about minorities is too implausible to cause outrage
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
IT IS an unlikely weapon: a scuffed but sturdy Samsonite briefcase, sitting on a desk in a big house in a spacious garden in a prosperous suburb of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Its owner, shaven-headed, bare-shouldered, in bright orange robes and closely resembling Shrek, an adorably grumpy cartoon ogre, looks an equally unlikely warrior. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara says he never travels without the case. Smiling, he pats the black plastic lid and opens it to reveal a heap of well-fingered papers. “This”, he says, “is my evidence.” Mr Gnanasara is a founder of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Power Force, one of
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Welikada Prison incident 2012 CoI recommends prosecution of 6 high-ranking officials
Published Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
The 2015 Committee of Inquiry which probed into the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012 has recommended that six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army be prosecuted under the Penal Code. The Committee of Inquiry into the Welikada Prison Incident – 2012 (C.I.P.I.) has recommended charging six leading figures of the previous regime, under Section 162 of the Penal Code,......which deals with public officers who disobey the directions of the law with the intent of causing injury to persons or the Government. The group includes one official who is currently under remand custody over the matter and another who is currently being
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Iranian parl. ratifies extradition treaty with Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
Iranian MPs approved an extradition treaty between Iran and Sri Lanka on Sunday. A total of 203 lawmakers were present in today’s parliament session, and the bill was ratified by 153 Yes votes, 11 No votes, and 7 abstentions. The treaty which includes an introduction and 21 articles will allow the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to exchange convicts and the related documents.
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Army violates agreement on UN Peacekeeping missions: HRCSL
Published Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
The Sri Lanka Army has sent its troops for UN Peacekeeping missions in Lebanon without obtaining clearance from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) violating the agreement with the United Nations, HRCSL said in response to several media reports. In a letter sent to President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, HRCSL Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama had explained that the HRCSL was the only body in the country which was permitted to handle the clearance protocol for UN Peacekeeping troops. Dr. Udagama said that HRCSL received applications of 204 soldiers with a letter dated December 21, 2017 by the SL Army however before it concluded the clearance proceedings the HRCSL learned through reports that some 49 soldiers were sent to Lebanon.
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Expose` -Gota and Henda after forming armed intelligence unit killed 130 in 9 years and over 13 of its members ! Cogent evidence -Keerthi Ratnayake a former Intelligence unit officer !
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Ronen Bergman is an Israel investigative journalist who launched a book on 23 rd January 2018. The title of that book was ‘ Rise and kill first : The secret history of Israel’s targeted assassinations’ . The content of the book related to the murders committed by Mossad Organization , and reasons for those crimes. It is common knowledge that Israel was possessed of the most feared ‘hit squad’ alias murder outfit in the world. It is the personal view of the writer that such a squad is necessary for a country for its national security, though an armed intelligence division of a country should
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Why Lanka’s Parliament has declined and decayed
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Let me start with a confession. The last two weeks have been consumed rereading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire parts of which deal with the decline and decay of that most august of bodies, the Roman Senate. Those familiar with the first three volumes cannot miss their influence throughout this essay, but in a pint-sized column such as this it is infeasible to always insert quotation marks or add dutiful ibids. I have also taken tiny liberties with a few quotations. By ‘decline’, in my title, I mean institutional changes, such as anointing Octavian as Augustus, or in our case the executive presidency, which undermined parliament. The
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Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
This is so apparent in a village setting. Kumari remembers distinctly seeing the yellow stalks of paddy harvested and piled in the kamatha; the paddy threshed by a team of buffaloes and the seed measured for division between landlord and cultivator. The measured paddy grain was stored in gunny sacks to be carried to Kumari’s maternal grandparents’ home and to the cultivator’s home. The andé type of paddy cultivation was followed: our fields cultivated by village farmers and the harvest shared between owner and cultivator; equally at the beginning, until in the mid 1950s the Paddy Lands Act was passed decreeing that the farmer gets 2/3rd of the harvested paddy.
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Religionisation Of Politics: Amour Of The Authoritarian Personality
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
We live in dark times, times of lost hope, times of wrecked promises. The common candidate has turned in to a protean political swindler. The autocrat knocks on the door. As the blunt and bright political satirist Art Buchwald put it these are not the best of times or the worst of times. These are the only times we’ve got. New Year festivals are measures of time. From our tribal days, we have relied on festivals and rituals usually linked to harvesting times as a device that offers a renewal of life. On this new year, our nation is focused not so much in a renewal in life but to make sense out of chaos that surrounds us in life.
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SL earns over USD 161mn from UN peacekeeping
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
The Sri Lanka Army has earned more than USD 161 million from UN peacekeeping missions since 2004, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said on Thursday. He said this at the opening ceremony of the Directorate for Overseas Operations (DOO) at the Old Dutch Building in Colombo 3. “Since 2004, Sri Lanka has been earning a minimum of USD 2.5 million per annum from peacekeeping missions overseas. The troops deployed for such assignments benefit financially and through these undertakings, the country amasses foreign remittances that are utilised to train more and more soldiers. Since 1955, a number of 18,179 members attached to
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Parliament won't be dissolved- Austin
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Secretary to the President Austin Fernando says President Maithripala Sirisena has no intention of dissolving Parliament. Speaking to the BBC Sandeshaya the Secretary to the President said the Head of State prorogued Parliament according to provisions vested with the Constitution. Austin Fernando said the time that Parliament will convene on the 8th of May will be notified in due course.
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Reginald Cooray sworn in as Northern Province Governor
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Reginald Cooray who was sworn in as Central Province Governor yesterday (12) again sworn in as Northern Province Governor in front of President Maithripala Sirisena today (13). The appointment has been made considering the strong demand from the Northern people, Reginald Cooray said while addressing a media briefing held today. “The President had a discussion with all newly appointed Governors today. During the discussion, President informed all Governors except Governor-Rohitha Bogollagama to exchange their governing provinces on a voluntary basis,” Cooray said.
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President clinches deal with UNP to continue coalition
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) took the unprecedented step of urging ministers of his own party to boycott last Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting – perhaps a first such move in a practising democracy. In doing so, he was cushioning a feared fallout from a widespread call by members of the Central Committee, the party’s policy making body, to quit the coalition or “the national unity Government.” They were to take a final decision at a second CC meeting on Wednesday but Sirisena, though he promised, did not summon one. He may not have wanted to be thrust with a decision to quit the coalition. He told the UNP ministers that most wanted
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Two contentious human rights issues
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
There were two particularly contentious issues which the Commission of Inquiry was looking into. The first was the killing of five youngsters in Trincomalee, where it was clear that Security Forces had breached all norms. Though when I had first heard about the matter I had thought they had reasons to suspect the youngsters of working for the LTTE. about the matter. After I took over at the Secretariat and investigated further, it seemed to me that they had no excuse at all for the killings. I believe the Udalagama Commission, as it was called after its very honourable Chairman, has made this clear, though sadly the Rajapaksa Government failed to publish its findings. Even more culpably, the current Government has done nothing further
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Customs suspect ‘LTTE gold’ smuggled out of north
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
The navy has heightened surveillance and stepped up intelligence gathering as regards gold smuggling operations and its efforts have been crowned with results in the form of increasing detections, Navy Spokesperson, Commander Lankanatha Dissanayake says. Dissanayake said so in answer to a query posed by The Island following the detection by the navy, on Wednesday, of the largest haul of gold, which was being smuggled out of the country this year. The successful anti-smuggling operation was carried out by the North Central Command.
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UN missions: Army seeking way out of Geneva quagmire
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
An ambitious Sri Lankan project to enhance its share in lucrative UN peace keeping operations is in jeopardy for want of a cohesive strategy to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan military. Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake yesterday explained measures that had been taken by military authorities, including a screening process of officers and men in accordance with UN standards. Senanayake said so in response to a query raised by The Island following the inauguration of the Directorate of Overseas Operations (DOO) in Colombo 3 by Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne, PC. However, Waidyaratne, a former senior Senior Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department didn’t meet the press.
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Over 450,000 potential dengue breeding sites found
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
Health Ministry officials have detected 463, 827 potential dengue breeding sites across the country during the mosquito eradication week which concluded recently. The Ministry carried out the campaign, with the assistance of the Police, the tri services, civil defence force and members of community health committees in a bid to prevent an outbreak of dengue with the activation of the South Western monsoonal rains.
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Sri Lanka mulls new laws to curb hate speech and fake news on social media
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka is considering new legislation or amendments to exiting legislation in order to criminalize the spread of hate speech or fake news through social media, following in the footsteps of countries such as Malaysia, while the relevant draft laws are expected to be prepared within a month. Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando stated that the government took several measures in the wake of the country’s recent experiences in the spread of hate speech through social media, which led to communal violence mainly in the Kandy district.
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Sri Lanka’s Norochcholai power plant shuts down temporarily
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
The unit one of Lakvijaya power station which is also known as the Norochcholai power station has been shut down following the release of harmful emissions from its smokestack. The provincial environmental authority of North Western province has asked the Norochcholai plant to be shut down from yesterday evening (11/4/18), an official of the environmental Authority told Lanka Business Online. “We hope to back and running in the next ten days by April 22 or so.” Indrajith Gallage, assistant general manager, Norochcholai power station told us.
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Sri Lanka president suspends parliament until May 8
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until next month in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government's prime minister. A government decree quoted the president as stating that he had halted parliament's meetings "with effect from midnight" Thursday under article 70 of the constitution. The move, scheduled to last until May 8, came hours after at least 16 Sirisena loyalists, including six cabinet ministers, said they would leave the troubled coalition.
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Police seize 136-kg ganja, arrest four people It was being smuggled to Sri Lanka via sea
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
The Mandapam police have seized 136 kg of ganja, being smuggled to Sri Lanka via sea after arresting four people, including the kingpin of the smuggling gang and seizing their three cars at Vedhalai near Mandapam on Tuesday night. Acting on specific intelligence inputs received by a security agency, a special police team intercepted the smugglers at Vedhalai seashore around 9 p.m. and seized the contraband brought to the shore to be smuggled to Sri Lanka, using a fishing boat.
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Northern Governor calls for early general election to settle political crisis
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray yesterday warned that the current political crisis, triggered by the Feb. 10 Local Government polls, could be only addressed by an early parliamentary election. Cooray warned of dire consequences unless the UNP and the SLFP took tangible measures to restore normalcy. The Northern Governor said so in response to a media query after swearing in Kandiah Sarveswaran as the Acting Chief Minister of the Northern Province until C.V. Wigneswaran’s return from abroad.
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7 new Governors take oath before President
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
Seven new Governors have taken oath before President Maithripala Sirisena this morning. Accordingly Hemakumara Nanayakkara who was previously the Governor of the Southern Province was sworn in as the Governor of the Western Province. Niluka Ekanayake who was the former Governor of the Central Province was sworn in as the Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province while KC Logeswaran who was the former Governor of the Western Province took oath as the Governor of the North Western Province.
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President to leave for the UK to attend CHOGM
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is due to leave for the United Kingdom next week to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 to be held in London. When inquired by NewsRadio Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maheshini Colonne said the President is due to leave the island next week in order to attend the CHOGM session. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will be held from 16 to 20 April in London and the week-long summit is expected to attract around 5,000 participants from
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