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  • Speedy solution to national question:

    Devananda advocates Select CommitteeTraditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party, Douglas Devananda presented a proposal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the visiting Indian delegation that a Parliamentary Select Committee be appointed to find a speedy solution to the national question in the country.Minister Devananda has proposed […]

  • No police, land powers to PCs

    President conveys decision to Indian officials, collision course fearedBy Our Diplomatic EditorPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa told a high-powered Indian delegation yesterday his government was not able to concede land and police powers to provincial councils in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.The move, the Sunday Times learns, follows strong opposition from constituent partners of […]

  • Govt. locks horns with UNP over security firm

     11 June 2011/ By Yohan Perera Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardene and UNP National Organizer Ravi Karunanayake had a show down in Parliament yesterday over the payment of salaries to security personnel working for a state owned security firm, ‘Rakna Arakshana Lanka Ltd’.Mr. Karunanayake, during question time in the House, raised a supplementary question and […]

  • Five hundred days since the forced disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda

    by Basil Fernando Five hundred days after the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, the family and friends of Prageeth as well as media organizations and human rights organizations took to the streets to demand for inquiries into his disappearance. A serious transformation has taken place in the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka. […]

  • ICEU informs WFTU of brutal police attack

    June 9, 2011/ by Dasun EdirisingheThe Inter Company Employees’ Union (ICEU) has written to the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), in Athens, about the police attack on a workers’ protest, which killed one employee and injured more than 300 at the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Katunayake.General Secretary of the ICEU Janaka Adikari said […]

  • Gotabhaya grooms private army in the north – attack on Fr. C.G> Jeyakumar

    10 June 2011In order to absolve the Sri Lanka Army occupying the Tamil country from international accusations, but at the same time to continue terrorisation and subjugation of Tamils, genocidal Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary and presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has formed a private army in the north consisting of military intelligence personal and some members […]

  • Sitrampalam receives dead-dog threat

    10 June 2011,A dog shot by gun and packed in a bag was put into the well of the house of Professor S.K. Sitrampalam in Thirunelvealy, Jaffna, on Thursday night. The emeritus Professor of Archaeology of the University of Jaffna and Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) stalwart recently gave an interview to a Tamil daily […]

  • Jaya’s tough Lanka talk worries Centre

    June 10, 2011/     By K. KarthikeyanIt appears Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s Sri Lanka moves have rattled New Delhi.Within minutes of the AIADMK supremo getting the state Assembly to pass a resolution on Wednesday demanding that India must get the UN to launch an investigation of the Sri Lankan government for war crimes, […]

  • Galle Face land sale corrupt – UNP

    Minister Rajapaksa told the parliament that the land was sold to foreign firms for the full priceThe main opposition in Sri Lanka has accused the government of corruption and not following proper procedure in selling a prime land in Galle Face, Colombo.The United National Party said while the deputy minister says the land was leased […]

  • C4 tests boundaries of broadcasting with Sri Lanka exposé

    Graphic footage showing summary executions during campaign against Tamil rebels to be shown next weekBy Ian Burrell, Media Editor The Dispatches documentary shows harrowing scenes from Sri Lanka that its makers say are evidence of war crimes.The Dispatches documentary shows harrowing scenes from Sri Lanka that its makers say are evidence of war crimes.Channel 4 […]

  • HINDU TEMPLES OF VANNI AND THE LANDS OF THE TAMILS ARE IN DANGER

    Navraj Parthiban /29 September 2010Sinhalization efforts now take place targeting the Hindu temples of Vanni. Buddha statues which have started the invasion of targeting the lands of Vanni are more like the modern invading army of Mahinda Rajapaksa.Sinhalization efforts now take place targeting the Hindu temples of Vanni. Buddha statues which have started the invasion […]

  • Katunayake clash: 82 police personnel transferred

    09 June 2011/ By Supun DiasEighty two police personnel including the Katunayake OIC have been transferred, pending investigations being carried out by the CID on the clash between the police and Free Trade Zone (FTZ) workers on May 30, police media spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said yesterday. He said these transfers were a temporary measure and […]

  • Over 7,000 dengue cases, 60 deaths this year

    June 8, 2011 /By Don Asoka WijewardenaOver 7,000 dengue patients have been treated since January to June 7. Forty adults and 20 children have died of the disese in that period. As the dengue epidemic has risen to alarming proportion, the Health Ministry called hospital directors of 37 Central government run hospitals and discussed with […]

  • TNA MP blames Ampaa’rai politicians for allowing land grab

    09 June 2011All ministers and parliamentarians from the Ampaa’rai district seem to collaborate with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and they have no backbones to challenge the injustice done to Tamil and Muslim people based on ethnic, religious and language basis by the Colombo government, said Mr. P. Selvarajah, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian representing […]

  • 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 […]

  • TN Assembly passes resolution seeking imposition of economic sanctions against Sri Lanka

    Tamil Nadu Assembly today adopted a unanimous resolution seeking imposition of economic sanctions against Sri Lanka by India on issues concerning Tamils in the island nation, including alleged human rights violations.The resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa also wanted India to press the United Nations to declare as “war criminals” those who committed alleged crimes […]

  • ‘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 tea workers get 25 pct pay increase

    Sri Lanka, one of the world’s largest exporters of tea, on Monday raised wages for hundreds of thousands of workers by nearly 25 percent as the island heads for a record crop.Workers will now be paid 515 rupees ($4.70) a day for the next two years, up from 415 rupees, Kanishka Weerasinghe, deputy director general […]

  • 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 […]

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