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Road to Nandikadal or Road to grab power
Published Date: 14/09/2016 (Wednesday)
Last week a function was held at Ananda College, Colombo, to launch the book Road to Nandikadal by Major General Kamal Gunaratne. Neither the President, nor the Prime Minister or any Member of Parliament or Minister of this government had been invited for this function. Only former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had received invitations. The Major General presented the book to Mahinda Rajapaksa. During Mahinda's Government, if a Major General invited only the Opposition and presented a book he had written, only to the Leader of the Opposition, the Major General would have been branded a Tiger and the stars of the Major General would have been removed and there was a chance he would even have been deprived of his pension.
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Tamil lawyers forum asks UN to set up scientists' team to examine allegedly poisoned ex-LTTE cadres
Published Date: 12/09/2016 (Monday)
The Tamil Lawyers’ Forum (TLF) has petitioned the Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to set up a committee of scientists and medical professionals “of international repute” to examine former cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have been complaining of illnesses and debilities of various kinds which they allege are the result of the injection of some poisonous substances while they were held in captivity by the Sri Lankan army after the end of Eelam War IV.
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Paranagama Com. recommends Int’l technical assistance and observers
Published Date: 12/09/2016 (Monday)
The Maxwell Paranagama Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has strongly recommended in its final report that in the event of Sri Lanka were to set up a purely domestic tribunal without the participation of any foreign judges, there must be an international technical assistance and observers to ensure the acceptance of the mechanism, the Daily Mirror learns. The Commission has wound up its activities after the enactment of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and handed over its final report to the President last month.
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Security forces: No more releasing of lands from Palaly cantonment
Published Date: 12/09/2016 (Monday)
The army would not return even an inch of the 4,419 acre land belonging to the Jaffna camp and Palaly Military cantonment, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Maj Gen Mahesh Senanayake said. He said that the Palaly High Security Zone had encompassed around 11,269 acres until 2010 and 7,210 acres had been given back to their original owners on government instructions and now the army was not in a position to return any more lands owing to security requirements in the former war-zone area.
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SRI LANKA: A New Book on negativity and Nihilism in Sri Lankan Consciousness – by Basil Fernando
Published Date: 08/09/2016 (Thursday)
There is something deeply negative and nihilist imbedded into the Sri Lanka consciousness. By ‘Sri Lankan consciousness’ I mean the consciousness of all Sri Lankans, whether they are from the majority Sinhala community or the Tamil or other minority communities. What is common to all is a deep negativity inherited from the far distant past. In my recent book on Asoka’s policy of Dhamma and democratic values, I trace this negativity to the influence of an Indian philosopher named Adi Shankara, who lived around the 8th Century AD and whose influence on India, pulling it in the same direction of nihilism and negativity, is enormous. Following several others, I have tried to show how this philosophy was brought into Sri Lanka by several Indian invasions in the 8th Century and thereafter, and how it became the predominant philosophical mold in the country, and how it has molded generations upon generations of Sri Lankans.
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UN ‘made big mistakes’ in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 03/09/2016 (Saturday)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday acknowledged that the UN could have saved many lives during the last seven months of the war, and the UN 'made big mistakes and learned very hard lessons'. He said he held an internal probe as to what happened during those months. During his speech on 'Sri Lanka on SDG16: Sustaining Peace – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' held in Colombo, the SG while blaming Sri Lanka too for causing serious problems to its own people, added that even the UN during the last seven decades, particularly, in the last seven months 'made big mistakes' in Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka: Steps in Reconciliation and Accountability for Sustainable Peace : An interview with UN’s Reconciliation and Development Adviser in Sri Lanka, Gita Sabharwal
Published Date: 02/09/2016 (Friday)
Where do we stand today in terms of reconciliation and development in Sri Lanka? The political transition is a historic opportunity to achieve sustainable peace in Sri Lanka. The UN has been engaging comprehensively with the government to advance reconciliation and address issues of accountability. The UN strategy brings the three pillars of peace, development and human rights working in close coordination for durable peace.
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Protesters descend on UN as Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/09/2016 (Thursday)
Dozens of Sri Lankan nationalists rallied outside the United Nations compound in Colombo Thursday as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the island, protesting against the UN's actions during a prolonged civil war. Police held back the demonstrators led by Buddhist monks as they tried to march on the compound just before Ban arrived on the first full day of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka.
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Families of people missing in Sri Lanka's civil war march in silence
Published Date: 01/09/2016 (Thursday)
Human rights activists and families of missing people rallied in Sri Lanka on Tuesday (August 30) in support of an office recently set up to independently investigate the cases of thousands of people who vanished during the government's long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. The march marks International Day Against Forced Disappearances and comes a day ahead of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's three-day visit.
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Tamil Fest Draws Record Crowd with over 150,000 Attendees, Becomes largest event ever hosted in Scarborough
Published Date: 01/09/2016 (Thursday)
Tamil Fest broke records in its second year, drawing over 150,000 visitors from across North America and becoming the largest event to be hosted in Scarborough. Hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress, the annual festival took place from August 26 to 28 and is now also the largest Tamil event hosted outside of South Asia. “Tamil Fest is about celebrating the spectacular diversity of Canada, and of showcasing the best of Tamil arts, culture, cuisine, and entertainment,” said David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress.
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Giving “Accountable Amnesty” to abductors is doing injustice to victims’ families, says HRW
Published Date: 01/09/2016 (Thursday)
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that the recommendation of the Sri Lankan Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons that perpetrators of abductions be given “accountable amnesty” is tantamount to rendering injustice to the families of the victims. The concept of “accountable amnesty” is “outdated and falls short of international standards”, says James Ross, HRW’s Legal and Policy Director. He points out that the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, has recognized it as being inadequate.
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Latest measures to address disappearances in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 31/08/2016 (Wednesday)
By the time the new Parliament was elected in August 2015, families of the disappeared had emerged as strong civil movements in Sri Lanka. Their courage and persistence have helped bring about significant developments in relation to addressing disappearances.
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UN sponsored Peace-Building-Fund for Sri Lanka
Published Date: 31/08/2016 (Wednesday)
The Government will discuss the setting up of a Multi-Million Dollar ‘Peace Building Fund’ (PBF) for Sri Lanka, sponsored by the UN, during the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s three-day visit to Sri Lanka, a senior Foreign Affairs Ministry source said yesterday. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha De Silva has said that the objective of the PBF was to ensure fast and flexible funding in support of various peace-building and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka
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BrahMos Missile Sale to Vietnam will Boost India’s role in Fight against China
Published Date: 29/08/2016 (Monday)
India is poised to leverage Vietnam's upcoming purchase of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile -- the fastest in the world -- into a strategic advantage that will make it a major player in the maritime crisis pitting China against practically all of Asia. American sources say Vietnam might soon announce its approval of a deal to purchase an undetermined number of anti-ship BrahMos missile systems to be mounted on warships of the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN). China is strongly opposed to the deal.
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Why has KP not been charged?: Opposition Leader
Published Date: 27/08/2016 (Saturday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in Parliament on Tuesday questioned why Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) has not been charged. He raised this question from the government when he was moving an adjournment motion on the prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
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Tamils continue to face racial discrimination in Sri lanka, says UN Committee post review
Published Date: 26/08/2016 (Friday)
Tamils continue to face discrimination in Sri Lanka, a UN committee stated recently, and questioned the island-country if Indian Tamils were allowed to get back to their homeland – while reviewing a report on the anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by the country. No cases of sexual violence – during the horrific civil war in Sri Lanka – had been submitted, even though this had affected thousands of women, said Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, committee member and country rapporteur for Sri Lanka, during a review of Sri Lanka in the 90th session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Sri Lanka
Published Date: 26/08/2016 (Friday)
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Sri Lanka on August 31, 2016 on a three-day official visit, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Mr. Ban will hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, among others.
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Five Tamil youth died off Chamber Sands in Essex
Published Date: 25/08/2016 (Thursday)
got into difficulty off Camber Sands. Kenigan Nathan, 19, and Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, became trapped in quicksand under the water and the other three swam over to try and rescue them, the brother of one of the victims revealed.
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TID Postpones Questioning Jeyakumari
Published Date: 22/08/2016 (Monday)
The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), which was to question activist Balendran Jeyakumary on Friday, had postponed it for a later date. Jeyakumary had been summoned for a second time following an interrogation by authorities earlier as well. Jeyakumary, who campaigned since the end of the armed conflict against enforced disappearances, was arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in 2015.
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Hopeful for a better future
Published Date: 21/08/2016 (Sunday)
65th SLFP convention is to be held on 4th September and party leader Maithree has decided to clean the fascistic rebels, before that. In this column, we have pressed to defend this party of populist liberals, from fascistic intruders. SWRD who started the SLFP entered politics as a liberal politician proposing a federal solution to the nationality problem in 1926. However after forming the SLFP, on the sensitive issue of language, the party originally espoused the use of both Sinhala and Tamil as national languages, but in the mid-1950s it adopted a "Sinhala only" policy. Nevertheless the Bandaranaike–Chelvanayakam Pact was an agreement signed between the Prime Minister and the leader of the main Tamil political party in Lanka S. J. V. Chelvanayakam on July 26, 1957.
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64th UNASL Public Lecture by Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC, MP
Published Date: 19/08/2016 (Friday)
A Public Lecture by Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC, MP, on “Constitutional Reforms in Sri Lanka; Problems and Prospects” was conducted by the United Nations Association of Sri Lanka on 18th August, 2016 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations & Strategic Studies in Colombo.
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UN voices concern over Sri Lanka's crumbling cave temple
Published Date: 19/08/2016 (Friday)
The U.N.'s cultural agency expressed concern Wednesday over the poor maintenance of a centuries-old cave temple in Sri Lanka, which risks being struck off the list of world heritage sites. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said she raised the maintenance issue at the Golden Temple of Dambulla with local authorities during her visit to the island.
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Editorial Beginning of international war crimes probe?
Published Date: 19/08/2016 (Friday)
Editorial The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is making the most of the increasing impotency of the state to run a parallel government of sorts in the northern parts of the country; it is also working overtime to annex the Eastern Province to the North. Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran and others of his ilk are all out to gain legitimacy for their political project with the help of foreign powers. Hardly a day passes without a foreign dignitary visiting the North and entertaining appeals from the NPC members and doing a Dixit.
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Political prisoner chained to hospital bed in Jaffna
Published Date: 17/08/2016 (Wednesday)
A political prisoner, an inmate of Anuradhapura Prison, Rasiah Anantharajah was rushed to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital after his health condition was found to be 'unstable'. He was handcuffed to the bed at Ward 19, yesterday. Anantharajah has been involved on a hunger strike at the prison on several occasions. When Ceylon Today contacted Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement D.M. Swaminathan, who had intervened and transferred the prisoner to Jaffna from Anuradhapura, he said he was informed by a Tamil politician about Anantharajah's health condition. The prison officials had told him that the inmate was 'mentally deranged'.
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TID interrogates Jeyakumari again
Published Date: 16/08/2016 (Tuesday)
Balendran Jeyakumari, who was released on bail Match last year without any charges was called again for questioning by the Sri Lankan counter terrorism agency TID on Tuesday by Sri Lanka’s counter terrorism police at its Colombo headquarters. Kilinochchi police visiting her home in Kilinochchi told her to appear before the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) Tuesday morning.
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