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  • 300 Tamils disappear in Batticaloa during SLA rule, alleges TNA

    09 June 2011,More than three hundred youths of both sexes have been reported disappeared after abduction in the Batticaloa district since the eastern province was brought under the control of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said Mr.P. Selvarasa, district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian during the debate on the extending the State of Emergency for […]

  • Sri Lanka opposition speaks out on rule of law

    June 07, 2011Sri Lanka’s main opposition which contributed to the systematic breakdown of rule of law and limiting the freedoms of the people, has spoken out against the growing lawlessness and attacks on unarmed sections of the population.Deputy leader of the main opposition United National Party Karu Jayasuriya said goons connected to the state ruling […]

  • Govt. admits irregularities in arms deals

     08 June 2011/ By Kelum Bandara andYohan Perera The government yesterday admitted in Parliament that the Presidential Commission headed by Justice Shirani Thilakawardane submitted its report on irregularities in the purchase of arms, ammunition and other equipment for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force,but declined to reveal further details citing security concerns.but declined […]

  • ‘Important, students are taught how war was won’ – minister SB

    uni lecturers get more than high govt. officers’ In an interview with LAKBIMAnEWS, Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayaka said that leadership training is not military training. “This is training that is specifically geared to improve the students’ leadership skills and help positive thinking. There is a reason for subjecting these students to a […]

  • Sri Lanka’s army -In bigger barracks

    A victorious army keeps busy despite the lack of an enemyIn the Vanni district, for example, an area populated mainly by the Tamil minority, where hundreds remain displaced or resettled in shoddy shelters, many administrative measures need a military stamp of approval. The governors of the Northern and Eastern provinces are both retired military commanders. […]

  • No country can interfere over political solution

    07 June 2011 A political solution is entirely an internal affair, and no foreign country had the right to interfere, said president Mahinda Rajapaksa.A solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Northern people will be given, he told the opening of the Kokavil transmission tower yesterday (June 06).What the LTTE and certain political leaders want […]

  • Journalists other than from state media chased out from requiem mass

    04 June 2011 Journalists who had gone to cover the last rights for Roshen Chanaka, who was killed by police shooting at a demonstration held against the government’s attempt to bring in a ‘pensions bill’ for private sector employees amidst their opposition, have been denied entry to the church where the mass is to be […]

  • KP: Role and Status

    Why, the New LTTE Leader Kumaran Padmanathan (KP) represent the Sri Lankan Government as the Spokesperson?by Gunadeera Rajakaruna So through lack of awareness, lack of concern or simply because it suites a particular argument to hold on to power, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is misleading the general public in […]

  • SL Army, Police conduct search Tamil residences in Trinco city

    07 June 2011Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Police on Monday conducted house to house search in Trincomalee city and its suburbs. The SL military was checking household lists to find out whether any outsiders were staying in the city. Outsiders found staying with the members of families are questioned about their details and reasons […]

  • Controversial video shown at UN Human Rights Council

    Interested parties are awaiting UN reactionBy Wilson GnanadassIt was not a shock, for the Sri Lankan delegation currently participating at the 17th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council when the controversial video footages depicting scenes of human rights violations allegedly committed by government soldiers was shown.The screening of the video was done Friday […]

  • Remove military from FTZ – trade unions

    A worker was killed and hundreds more sustained injuries after police attacked the protestPowerful trade unions in Sri Lanka are calling for the immediate removal of military from the Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ). Anton Marcus of the Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) also urged the government to withdraw plans to establish a High Security […]

  • Govt. will get tough with conspirators

    Says JVP wants to topple govt with FTZ, pension issuesMonday, 06 June 2011 The government yesterday blamed the leftist JVP of a conspiracy to topple the government and charged that it would not be reluctant to take legal action against those who engaged in such conspiracies.Issuing a statement the government Information Department stated that “State […]

  • ‘Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ at the UNHRC in Geneva

    2011-06-06Remarks after the screening of the Channel 4 documentary were – one human rights worker said ‘How did we let this happen to these people’….’Is that man still in power’ said a junior diplomat…..’In my country we would have hanged him a long time ago’ said another.The C4 documentary was very powerful. As the US […]

  • LLRC transcripts are a frustrating record of missed opportunities

    But the LLRC’s interim report (forming the basis of all Government action on LLRC recommendations to date) made no reference to those allegations and included no recommendations to pursue accountability; it restricted itself to practical fixes for long-acknowledged problems. UN Human Rights Council, Seventeenth Session,30 May – 17 June 2011General DebateMr President, Amnesty International welcomes […]

  • SL Army in Jaffna defies judiciary, restarts photo registration

     04 June 2011Sri Lanka Army occupying Jaffna has restarted its terrorising mission of photo registration of people in Jaffna peninsula. Some times back, when the ‘obligatory’ SL military registration of the people in Jaffna was challenged in the courts by the Tamil National Alliance, the SLA said in the courts that it had stopped the […]

  • Sinhalaisation of the Tamil North amidst increased militarisation

    4 June 2011 / by Ranga Jayasuriya Omanthai, the former entry point to the then Tiger controlled areas of the Wanni has now been given new Sinhala terminology. The name board of the newly opened railway station there identifies the town as Omantha. Overwhelmingly Tamil residents in the area are not impressed.In the heart of […]

  • Freedom of Information: Karu tries again

    June 4, 2011UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has presented a Private Member’s Bill on Freedom of Information, which has been issued as a supplement to the Government Gazette. This Bill seeks “to provide for freedom of access to official information; specify grounds on which access may be denied: the establishment of the Freedom of Information […]

  • SLMC CALLS FOR MUSLIM REPRESENTATION IN TALKS

    By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The major Muslim party in the country, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says that any political solution to the ethnic issue should be acceptable to the Muslim community. Some Muslims have claimed that various solutions proposed to solve the ethnic issue have so far failed due to the non-inclusion of the […]

  • Slain FTZ worker laid to rest amidst controversy over funeral arrangements

     by Leon BerengerThe funeral of the slain Free Trade Zone (FTZ) worker, 22-year-old Roshen Shanaka was held amidst a large gathering and under tight security at the Gal Oluwa, St. Augustines Church in Minuwangoda yesterday evening.Thousands of mourners ranging from factory hands, schoolchildren to friends, relatives and others flocked to the tiny church from early […]

  • Detention of persons arrested for 48 hours continues

    Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act extendedBy Chandani KirindeThe Government has extended the operation of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act which provides for the extension of the period of detention of persons arrested without a warrant and enables the Attorney General (AG) to directly file indictment in the High Court in certain cases […]

  • India reiterates joint statement

    By Our Dipomatic EditorThe Indian Government will insist on following up on the points contained in the controversial Joint Statement issued a fortnight ago following the visit of Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris to New Delhi for bi-lateral talks.India’s position will be reiterated when the postponed visit to Colombo of a high powered […]

  • Government, the master of illusion

    By Kishali Pinto JayawardeneThis week, a friend speaking to me on the phone, paused when I remarked that it took ordinary workers to teach this administration, its most telling lesson since it was returned to power post war, while the intelligentsia cowered under their beds, (metaporically speaking), except for some rare exceptions. I was then […]

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