Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Sri Lanka Government ready to discuss scopes on Police, land powers with TNA – Govt Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella

    Sri Lankan Government spokesman, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that though the government is concerned about giving land and Police powers to the provinces it is prepared to consider its scope provided the Tamil national Alliance put forward its proposals at the talks with the government The Minister told Sri Lanka News .lk web site that […]

  • About 200,000 displaced people are still living in refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka, even though southerners believe everything is back to normal.

    Terence Fernando–  Almost three years since the end of 30 years of ethnic conflict, Sri Lanka has not yet resolved its so-called ‘Tamil problem’. About 200,000 Tamil internally displaced people live in refugee camps in the northern part of the country under military control, unable to go home to their villages. Ethnic Sinhalese appear oblivious […]

  • Tamil polity and LLRC report

     The report of the LLRC would count as amongst the most important public documents that investigates and analyses the causes of the ethnic conflict and problems of governance in the country. However, the TNA’s preliminary statement on it echoed that of international human rights organizations which strongly critiqued and rejected the LLRC report. Earlier they […]

  • University system and its discontents

     Dhanuka Bandara – Last Friday the march organised by the students’ union of University of Peradeniya was aborted by the police at the Galaha junction. The students intended to march to Colombo in protest against the pending ‘Private University Act.’ The university was under siege, surrounded by the police and military personnel and the latter […]

  • Ganeshan lashes out at UPFA

    Pabodha Hettige –  Democratic People’s Front (DPF) leader Mano Ganeshan yesterday accused the government of failing to address the legitimate grievances of Tamil speaking people, though the conflict ended in May 2009. He said his party no longer believed in the UPFA’s promises to resolve the national issue.The DPF Leader said that the government had […]

  • Extravagance – National Pride to Continue in 2012 as well ? -Brief analysis of Corrupt Public Expenditure in SL

    Just few months ago, in response to a public outcry for more accountability and transparency in the use of public funds, the State Council, which is the Cabinet in the Chinese government, directed 98 public institutions including ministries to make public their budgets and expenditure on official receptions, official overseas visits and public vehicles. Why […]

  • Sri Lanka: The New Year Wish List- 2012

    A Statement by the Asian Human Rights CommissionAll Sri Lankans will wish that the coming year will not be like the last one and, in fact, that it be different from previous years also, years in which deep insecurity has been prevailing due to the failure of the political system, resulting in serious problems in […]

  • Jana Aragala group leader Kumara Mahattaya’s wife, children arrested ( later released)

     Authorities have arrested the wife and children of Premakumar Gunaratnam alias Kumara Mahattaya, the JVP dissident group’s exiled leader.Defence authorities apprehended them at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake around 1.00 am today (Jan. 02). They are presently under interrogation. Kumara Mahattaya’s wife Champa Somaratne is a medical doctor and a citizen of citizen of Australia, […]

  • EPDP accused of post-2006 killings as SLFP-EPDP feud escalates in Jaffna

     [TamilNet] Pandemonium prevailed and Police was called to manage the altercation during a Jaffna Municipal Council meeting Friday when Nishanthan, an ex-member of the Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP), and currently functioning under ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) label, accused EPDP of carrying out abductions, extortions, and gruesome killings that occurred in Jaffna after […]

  • ITAK activists threatened by SLA intelligence operatives in Mullaiththeevu

     [TamilNet,] Activists of the Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) in Mullaiththeevu of Vanni, who were engaged in organizing party activities this week have been threatened with death by intelligence operatives of the Sri Lanka Army, sources in Mullaiththeevu told TamilNet. The intimidation by the occupying SLA has come following the leading activists of the ITAK […]

  • LLRC Report gives badly needed breathing space for Rajapaksa govt

     –  Col R Hariharan– The Rajapaksa government should be happy with the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC) presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on December 16, 2011 as it has not pinpointed responsibility on anyone (other than political and systemic weaknesses and the LTTE) for the mess Sri […]

  • LLRC Report vital in reconciliation process – Minister Wimal Weerawansa

    Uditha Kumarasinghe – Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the approach adopted by the LLRC Report is of paramount importance for the Government’s reconciliation process. The Minister told the Sunday Observer that the need of the hour is to strengthen bilateral relations with friendly countries and also to win over […]

  • Using the LLRC report as a consensus mechanism

     (Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  ) A careful and sober reading of the Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) reveals its many complexities when weighed against the current political ethos. Gradually, the responses to this Report are bound to be far more measured rather than starkly divided between those who unhesitatingly support its […]

  • LTTE plans second armed struggle! Military intelligence uncovers details

    Tissa Ravindra Perera  –  Intelligence authorities have uncovered a plan to resurrect the LTTE through an attempt to register an organisation for displaced in Vanni targeting another armed conflict, highly placed intelligence sources revealed. They said the plan behind the move was to recruit rehabilitated LTTE cadres who were in LTTE’s military units back to […]

  • A/L mess-up, – Ministers and officials play blame game as 300,000 students agonise over the outcome

    Another cause for serious concern deals literally with Sri Lanka’s new generation, some 300,000 of them who sat the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) examination in August 2011. In an unprecedented crisis, the Department of Examinations has not been able to provide students the correct results. Consequently, students who planned studies abroad, those who […]

  • Sampanthan assures Sampur’s IDPs of resettlement soon

     Sinniah Gurunathan – Trinco corr. – Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and Trincomalee district Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan paid his first visit to Sampur, after it was captured from the LTTE in April 2006. With the permission of the Defence Ministry, he went to Sampur, where he was received by Brig. Hettiarachchi of Trincomalee 22 Division […]

  • PS member’s death: Was it a killing due to an underworld clash?

    Pushpakumara Mallawaarachchi ) Police are probing whether a dispute in the underworld led to the killing of a UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha member in the Divulapitiya Police area. The Pradeshiya Sabha member identified as Indika Dinesh Chandrasiri Silva (28) and believed to have connections with the underworld, was found dead under a bridge in Diyagampola in […]

  • Ministries and MOD appointed to oversee CAs of institutions taken over by Govt

    Chandani Kirinde –The Defence and Urban Development Ministry has been assigned with the task of monitoring and supervising of activities carried out by the Competent Authorities (CA) appointed to five institutions taken over under the Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Assets Act These include Chalmers Granaries (Pettah) Lanka Tractors Ltd (Pettah and Narahanpita), the […]

  • Short-term prospects and long-term perspectives

    (Nimal Sanderatne  )Global economic conditions will determine to a large extent Sri Lanka’s economic performance in 2012. Although global economic developments are beyond the country’s control, appropriate responses could mitigate their adverse impacts.  However, more important than the country’s short-term economic performance is the longer view of the country’s development policies to ensure healthy economic […]

  • President to meet his partners against LLRC

     (Sanjaya Nallaperuma) President Rajapaksa is to meet representatives of the constituent parties of United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) next week to discuss the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report. This comes in the wake of several constituent parties, including the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) making scathing comments […]

  • COPE; NO ACTION TALK ONLY

    The government has not taken any action so far though the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has found damning evidence of financial irregularities in institutions totalling over Rs 500 billion, state sources said. The COPE report revealed financial irregularities in 229 government institutions. Chairman of COPE and Minister D.E.W Gunasekara who was asked as to […]

  • Reflection on 2011 -Daily Mirror Editorial

    ”Indeed we appear to have created two societies – the rich and ruling elite comprising less than 15 percent of the population but controlling more than 85 percent of the country’s wealth and resources while 85 percent of the people are struggling to manage with their monthly wages or are surviving on the poverty line. […]

  • LLRC Report: Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

    ”The report is a valuable document, but regarding the war’s terrible final weeks, it is largely an apologia for the army. The commission admits only that “civilian casualties had in fact occurred in the course of cross-fire,” and blames the Tigers for most of them. The commission asserts that the government was confronted with an […]

  • UNP takes exception to JJ’s devolution comment: *Land and police power to provinces

    (Ravi Ladduwahetty)  The UNP yesterday dissociated itself from its Deputy Secretary General Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena’s view, expressed in an interview with this newspaper yesterday, that the government should either devolve police and land powers to the provinces in accordance with the constitutional provisions or scrap the 13th Amendment.UNP Chairman Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, when asked whether […]

  • LLRC report covers all relevant ground – Australian MP

    (Disna MUDALIGE ) The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report sets the framework for practical reconciliation in Sri Lanka, said Australian Member of Parliament Telmo Languiller who is on a brief visit to look into the ground situation in post war Sri Lanka. Addressing a media conference in Colombo yesterday he welcomed both the […]

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