Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Eelam Tamils Civil Society wants no engagement with Stinky Lanka....

TNA leadership faces admonition from civil society of Eezham Tamils

Prominent members of the Tamil civil society of all walks of life presented a memorandum to the Tamil National Alliance leadership on Tuesday, strongly condemning deception and deviatory polity of the leadership while times demand well-defined solutions to a long struggle. The civil society members urged firmness of leadership in political stand in convincing India and the US of the indispensability of addressing fundamentals of the aspirations of Eezham Tamils, i.e., nation and the right to self-determination. Tamils are not a `minority` requesting concessions, but a nation demanding self-rule, the memorandum said. The impressive list of signatories included prominent religious leaders, academics, educationalists, professionals, trade unionists and community leaders. For the first time the TNA leadership faces such an open challenge of the first magnitude from the civil society.

The uprising of the civil society of Eezham Tamils, coming from a realization that nothing but fundamental solutions only could guarantee their existence, is inevitably impelled by the brutal and suffocating oppression committed on them by occupying Colombo, political observers in Jaffna said.

One SL military personnel for every 12 civilians in Jaffna, and for every 4 civilians in Vanni is the gravity of the nature of the military occupation. The international community ostensibly plays down the crucial fact that the occupying military cannot be considered a State military, but in this context is an ethnic Sinhala military of genocidal intentions and potentiality, the political observers said.

Taking advantage of the plight of Eezham Tamils gagged in the island, sections lured by collaborative polity in the diaspora used to project every truthful Tamil opinion coming from the island as fabricated ones, by citing them as `unnamed`. But now, surging above all the oppression and pressures from the powers, the Tamil civil society in the island is openly up in arms, shaming the section of the impotent critics in the diaspora, the political observers further said.

For how long the simulated leadership in the clutches of powers attempting to hijack diaspora politics is going to sit on any uprising in the diaspora, they asked.

Representatives of the civil society of Eezham Tamils, after conducting a convention, handed over a 7-page memorandum signed by more than 75 signatories to TNA Secretary General Mavai Senathirajah MP at Uthayan Guest House in Jaffna on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Senathirajah`s objection to the presence of journalists along with the civil society members and his enraged comments over the role of Tamil media in spoiling TNA`s agenda, resulted in verbal exchanges between him and the journalists on the occasion.

The journalists later left the scene.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

TNA Warns Srilankan government not to place new impediments in talks for 13++...

Reiterating the commitment of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to continue the talks aimed at arriving on an amicable political solution for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the TNA on Saturday urged the government “to honour the mutual agreement reached and not to place new impediments to achieving an acceptable political solution that is desired by all the Peoples of Sri Lanka.”

Leader of the TNA R.Sampanthan said in a statement that after the talks resumed last month, and as per modalities agreed upon and confirmed in the minutes, it was “agreed that the bilateral talks between the government delegation and the TNA would continue and the consensus arrived at would be placed before the proposed Select Committee of Parliament. The TNA reiterates that its nomination to the PSC must await substantial consensus being reached at the bilateral talks, as was agreed.”

Outlining the manner in which the talks proceeded after resumption on November 16, he said that parties identified the issues to be discussed and agreed upon in evolving a political solution. The parties agreed on the specific order in which these issues were to be discussed and for this purpose scheduled four meetings - December 1, 6, 14, and 15. Thereafter, a time-table setting out these dates and issues was also circulated.

At the first of these meetings held on December 1, the Minister of External Affairs, G.L. Peiris indicated that without the TNA nominating its representatives to constitute the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), the bilateral talks could not progress as previously agreed, Mr. Sampanthan said.

When the TNA reminded the government of the commitment already made, it requested time to deliberate and consequently a new meeting was scheduled for December 3. “Today despite lengthy discussions, the government delegation's position remained inconclusive,” he said.

Since the government – TNA talks began on January 10 this year, about 10 meetings were held. On August 4, the TNA walked out of the meeting, stating that no meaningful and purposeful dialogue could commence as the government had not responded to the TNA’s comprehensive proposals and that no purpose would be served by fixing a further date for talks unless and until the government made its response available.

Thereafter, after considerable back-room manoeuvrings, the TNA and the government agreed to recommence the dialogue.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

"Debacle" of Asia Sinhala lanka assaults Law Student for trying to thwart Stinky Princes Record break....

Lanka law student 'assaulted again'

International human rights organisations have expressed serious concern over the safety of a Sri Lanka law student who has previously complained about alleged malpractices of the Law College (SLLC).

DM Thushara Jayaratne, the whistleblower of alleged exam malpractices by Namal Rajapaksa, MP, says he was assaulted by a group of assailants on Thursday at a safe house.

Though he was not physically injured, say activists, he is suffering from post-assault trauma.

"The recent attack follows threats and intimidation last year when Thushara publicly complained that President Rajapaksa's son received preferential treatment in his exams at the Law College," Yolanda Foster of Amnesty International told BBC Sandeshaya.

Lack of investigations

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), has also raised serious concern over the lack of investigations into the continued attacks on the rights defender.

Human rights organisations have protested against this treatment and requested a credible inquiry into his allegations. However, no such inquiry has been conducted," AHRC director Basil Fernando, said.

Mr Jayaratne was previously abducted, assaulted and regularly intimidated after he lodged complaints against President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, according to a complaint lodged earlier this year with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

While the national human rights commission has refused to entertain his complaints, the police have failed to launch any inquiry, the UN was informed.

"We are concerned about his security and call upon everyone to request from the government to inquire into this matter and also to provide him the security that he is entitled to," Basil Fernando added.

Harassment, intimidation and attacks against human rights defenders who expose abuses in Sri Lanka are not uncommon, according to Amnesty International.

"Many victims of human rights abuses feel an increased sense of insecurity as there is a lack of credible domestic mechanisms for filing and investigating complaints," added Ms Foster, AI's researcher on Sri Lanka.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Sinhalans Stop the Colombo - Tuticorin Ferry Service for settling Eelam tamils from Tamilnadu...

Colombo-Tuticorin ferry service suspended

The Colombo-Tuticorin passenger ferry service which was started in June has been suspended indefinitely amidst some confusion with officials of both countries giving different reasons.

The Ceylon Shipping Corporation, the general agent for the ferry service, was informed by the Indian counterpart Flamingo Liners Ltd that the Scotia Prince ferry service would be halted due to “technical difficulties,” a CSC official said.

However, CSC General Manager Sunil Obbodage said the ferry service was suspended because not many people were using it. The Scotia Prince ferry started operation following an agreement between the Sri Lankan and Indian governments last year. Flamingo Chief Executive Officer R.C. Thimaiah said the ferry service was suspended due to operational difficulties.

He also denied reports that there was an outstanding amount to be paid to the Sri Lankan fuel supplier and said they were clearing the outstanding credit facilities.However, the local fuel supplier has filed a case at the Colombo Commercial High Courts against Flamingo Liners.

Currently, the Scotia Prince ferry has been detained by port authorities on a court order until the outstanding bill of more than US$ 400,000 is paid.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Losers Liars Rotten Commission Report will go the way of all commisions of Stinky Lanka....

Work on translating the voluminous report of the committee that had studied the years since the collapse of the truce with the LTTE in 2002 to the end of the war in 2009 is set to begin soon.

One official in the know said the report prepared by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which submitted its report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 20, will be presented to Parliament in three languages — English, Tamil and Sinhalese.

“The report will form the basis of reconciliation attempts by the government,” said the official.

Dismissing the criticism that the translation of the report, prepared in English, was yet another ploy to delay the start of genuine attempts to offer a solution to the Tamil minority, the official said it was imperative that everyone was able to read what the report contained. While the government does not intend to table the complete report, it is certain that the recommendations will be tabled in English and the translated versions.

The official assured that there would be no delay in the report being presented to Parliament. The government had aimed for tabling the report in December, and it would stick by the deadline.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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Eelam Tamils Call For War Crimes Tribunal

As Tamils gathered this week to remember those who died in the civil war, the call for an independent investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka is getting louder, writes Brami Jegan

Yesterday I joined hundreds of thousands of Tamils across the world — in the UK, France, Germany Switzerland, America and India — to remember those who died in the 26-year struggle for our independence. It was day of haunting sadness.

The day is called "Maaveerar Naal". Veerar in Tamil means "warrior or hero". Maa means "great". Naal means "day".

It is held each year on 27 November, the date the first Tamil Tiger, Shankar, died in combat in 1982. I was two years old.

Alongside 2000 Tamils at a park in Silverwater in Sydney’s west, I wept for the 40,000 Tamils that were massacred by the Sri Lankan Government in 2009. I paid my respects to those who sacrificed their lives for my freedom.

I remembered the months of paralysing fear my family went through while my father was in the former conflict zone. I went to bed each night petrified of waking up to news he had been killed in an aerial attack by Sri Lankan Kfir jets or drones.

I honoured my dearest friend K, and the hours of laughter we shared together. A night I will never forget is when we sat under monsoon stars in Tamil Eelam in 2006, talking about life and love, war and peace till 4am in the morning. He kept the electricity generator running for me, even though it would have cost him more than he could afford because he knew I was scared of the dark. He died fighting for my identity.

The Sri Lankan Government is on a witchhunt to silence anyone that dares speak out about the atrocities committed against the Tamils. I have the honour of being on their list. This has only strengthened my resolve.

When people ask me where I am from, I say "I am Tamil". I am not a Sri Lankan. A regime that has brutalised, terrorised and murdered, does not speak in my name.

The Mahavamsa, the great chronicle of Sri Lanka, is interpreted by the country’s rulers as "proving" that Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese Buddhist island. It can equally be read as the story of how the Sinhalese and Tamils founded the country together. In the story, the Tamil King Elara ruled with equal justice and was accepted by both communities.

As a diaspora Tamil I have struggled to understand my privileged place in the west. There is nothing I want that I can’t have. But since I first returned to Sri Lanka in 2002, I have had no peace of mind.

At the age of 22 I came face to face with the horrors of war: orphaned children; adults and children who had lost their arms, legs and eyesight; Tamil women who had been raped by the Sri Lankan army; men who had been tortured. The memories are endless and terrifying.

How do I reconcile my fortunate life with these stories? How do I explain to my western friends the pain and suffering I have witnessed? How do I not let their pain become a part of me?

I feel incredibly lost in post-war Sri Lanka as do many other diaspora Tamils. What is our role now?

Two and a half years ago genocide was committed against the Tamils of Sri Lanka and the entire international community did nothing to stop it.

The horrifying images of war crimes and crimes against humanity shown in Channel Four’s ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ were a stark wake up call to the world. The broader understanding and perception of the Tamil struggle is shifting.

UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser have come out strongly in favour of an independent war crimes tribunal for Sri Lanka. As has the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts, Amnesty International, International Crisis Group, and Human Rights Watch.

Shamefully our Prime Minister and Foreign Minister won’t add their voice to this call for an independent investigation.

I don’t know if there will ever be an independent war crimes tribunal for Sri Lanka. But the Arab Spring has shown the world that anything is possible. Hope must continue in some form.

The war no longer defines me. But the struggle forever will. I am a Tamil and with that comes a responsibility. A responsibility to myself, to my father, to K and to the Maveerars to honour the sacrifices and strength of my ancestors: "Because you died, we continue to live".

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sinhala KING threatened Buddhist Mottai Monks with Bomb attacks...

“The Fonseka arrest has led to a rift between the Rajapaksa leadership and four mahanayakas (chief monks) of the largest Buddhist sects. The arrest sparked the monks to raise broader issues of democratic governance and to call a Sangha Sabha (council of clergy) to discuss the situation. But the council was indefinitely postponed after the monks received bomb threats. Government apologists retaliated by promising that 500 temples would be split off from the main Buddhist sects and re-aligned with a lesser-known sect from Rajapaksas’ home region in the south.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

A leaked US unclassified diplomatic cable recounts the reaction of the Buddhist monks after the arrest of the opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka followed by the presidential election 2010. The Colombo Telegraph found the cable from WikiLeaks database. The cable was written on February 26, 2010 by the US Ambassador to Colombo Patricia A. Butenis.

On February 14, Mahanayake of Asgiriya Rev. Udagama Sri Buddharakkitha, Mahanayaka of Malwatte Rev. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala, Mahanayake of Ramanna Nikaya Rev. Weveldeniye Medhalankara, and Mahanayake of Amarapura Nikaya Rev. Divuldena Ganissara in a joint statement said the arrest of Fonseka was unjustified and unacceptable” the Ambassador wrote. Placing a note she said “In the recorded history of over two thousand years of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, there have been very few such councils of monks. A Sangha Sabha was summoned only when the king exceeded his limits, and the monks felt duty-bound to ask for governance.”

US Ambassador wrote “ The mahanayaka of the Malwatta Chapter went further to criticize attacks on journalists and the current state of democracy in the country.” “Statements by the monks criticizing the Fonseka arrest and warning that democracy on the island was at risk reportedly enraged the Rajapaksas. Two days before the Sangha Sabha was to open, Buddhist contacts from the provinces informed us that temples had been told that bombs would be hurled at buses transporting monks to the council. On February 16, the mahanayake of Malwatte announced the assembly had been indefinitely postponed due to security concerns.”

Placing a comment Butenis wrote “Contacts have told us that the monks’ rebellion against the Rajapaksas was unprecedented insofar as monks disregarded their traditional cast differences to come together against what they saw as abuses by the Rajapaksas.”

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sinhala asses play gambling on friendly stocks using the Gullible workers hard earned money.....

EPF loses, gaming stock market for friends

Trade unions charge that the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has incurred a loss of Rs1000 million investing in the stock market, and through two transactions that took place recently.

Inter Company Employees Union Secretary, Janaka Adikara said that the EPF has a fund amounting to Rs one trillion at present and has seen increased investing in the stock market, from five per cent of this sum (Rs50 billion) last year, to seven per cent (Rs75 billion) in 2011.

“Our main concern is that due to the influence of certain high ranking persons, the EPF is buying shares in underperforming companies that belong to friends and relatives, and is making heavy losses. But their friends are making millions by way of profits every day  thanks to the EPF funds that have been invested. For example a share of Grain Elevators Company (GEC) was trading at Rs75 and it was artificially brought up to Rs238 for a short period recently. When the GEC shares were at a peak, the EPF bought five million shares of GEC at Rs238 a share. After few days share prices dropped to Rs98. The loss is Rs700 million from that transaction alone,” Adikara charged.

“In another transaction, a share of Laugfs Gas Company was trading at Rs38 for two months and the prices went up to Rs48 on October 10 around 11 am. The EPF then bought Rs1800 million worth of shares and on the same day, at around 2.30 pm the price of Laugfs shares dropped to Rs40. So the loss for a single day was Rs300 million,” he added.

He says that similar losses have been incurred after purchase of shares in Browns and The Finance Company, and adds the EPF fund is in danger of being drowned in losses due to these imprudent investments.

When contacted, the superintendent of the EPF, Rupa Deerasinghe said that share prices fluctuating in a short run is usual, and explained that the EPF is making long term investments in shares in good companies after evaluating their performance. “It is wrong to say that EPF investments in shares have made losses because we are a long term investor in shares. A well qualified panel of investment advisors recommends purchasing shares, and nobody takes individual decisions. They carefully analyze the strengths and growth potentials of companies and recommend purchasing of shares. The decision of our team is subject to questioning by the Monetary Board as well.”

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Will Stupid Sinhala lanka also take over these "Under Performing" asse(t)s...!

Unpaid Sri Lankans give rise to fixing fear

Fears of corruption in cricket were again raised yesterday as it emerged that Sri Lanka's players have not been paid since February. Although they have played several Test and one-day series in the last seven months and reached the World Cup final, none of the players has received any of their agreed salaries or match fees from the board.

The amount owing is believed to be almost $6 million (£3.9m). There is no suggestion that there has been any sharp practice in the matches but the team's form has dipped alarmingly recently.

Since reaching the World Cup final, when they lost to India, Sri Lanka have lost all their Test and one-day series, to England, Australia and Pakistan. The players have been silent until now, determined to give the board every chance to keeptheir repeated promise that the money was on the way.

The International Cricket Council are profoundly concerned that unpaid players can become disaffected and more open to the approaches of illegal bookmakers or others seeking to make money from the outcome of matches.

Tim May, the chief executive of Fica, the international players' body, said: "The players have been very patient, they are proud to represent their country and their people, but this situation is now becoming very worrying. It will serve as a warning sign for many other countries."

The case of Sri Lanka shows the vast gap between the haves and have-nots in cricket. The board are broke after over-spending on stadiums built or renovated to stage their part of the 2011 World Cup.

Without any large dividend from TV rights, Sri Lanka cricket is dependent almost entirely on ICC funding or loans from other cricketing bodies. It is hardly helped by having a perpetually unstable administration, with new elections due in January.

Fica and the ICC fear that problems could easily occur in the West Indies and other smaller nations, while India control 80 per cent of the game's revenue.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Balless Buddhist racist Stinkala army prevents Hindu Tamils from exercising their religious freedom...

Exposing SLA temple sanctions to BBC brings in attack on house in Jaffna

Attackers believed to be from the Sri Lanka Army opened fire and lobbed grenade and petrol bomb on the house of the head of the civic council (Piratheasa Chapai) of Kaarainakar, Mr Anaimukan Velayutham, a TNA member and a leading trader in Jaffna in the early hours of Saturday, causing minor injuries to his aged mother. The attack comes hours after an interview by Mr. Anaimukan to BBC Tamil, Friday evening, in which he exposed that the occupying SLA had instructed temples in his civic division not to toll bells, not to light torches and to cease any use of loudspeakers during the Heroes Day observation week. His house situated in Thirunelveali in Jaffna was attacked by 1:30 a.m., Saturday. Mr. Anaimukan when contacted by journalists in Jaffna on Saturday condemned the attack and said whoever the attackers were, he was not going to allow himself to get threatened by such acts.

In the Interview to BBC, Friday evening, Mr. Anaimukan said that he had personally witnessed seeing the worshipers at Kaarainakar Ma'natkaadu Kumpanaayaki Muththumaari Amman temple in a disturbed situation while attending the prayers these days. The occupying SLA at Aaladi had given the instructions to the priest of that temple, he confirmed to the BBC.

Mr. Anaimukan also told the BBC that he objected to military threat against religious freedom and said such threats had come even when the temple or community leaders like himself were not involved in observing Heroes Day at the temple.

When asked by the BBC whether any political action on the military threat had been taken up by him through his party (TNA), he replied in negative citing the non availability of TNA leaders in Jaffna. Mr. Mavai Senathirajah had gone to India, he said, adding further on the futility of taking up any complaints against the SL military.

Earlier, speaking to media, the commander of the occupying SL military in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe, had denied military ordering any sanctions against temples during the week.

Tamils in the island increasingly feel that their postwar subjugation through occupying Sinhala military, aimed at making them accept structural genocide and any nondescript political solution, is a joint agenda of Colombo as well as the powers that give tacit support to it.

The SL Army established camps in Kaarainakar since last December, while the old base of the SL Navy also continues.

According to legends and old records, Ma'natkaadu Maariyamman temple was the only temple in Kaarainakar that was not touched by the Portuguese who destroyed all the other temples in the islet, after the conquest of the Kingdom of Jaffna in the early 17th century. Legends say that the Portuguese, who were then suffering from the epidemic of Small Pox, spared the temple fearing the fury of the deity.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Sinhala lanka, THE Miracle of Asia became Laughing Stock of Asia...

Sri Lanka stx down 2.8 pct to 14-mo low

Sri Lanka's stock market closed down 1.04 percent on Friday, bouncing back after an erroneously entered trade triggered a panic selloff that forced a 30-minute trading halt when the sensitive Milanka Price Index dropped more than 5 percent.

Investors dumped shares amid fears of higher inflation and interest rates after this week's currency devaluation, and an erroneous trade in Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC triggered panic.

The plantation sector index fell 2.53 percent on Friday, extending its weekly fall to 13.24 percent in reaction to a budget proposal to redistribute 37,000 acres of unused state planting land to small farmers.

The bourse has fallen 14.4 percent since Oct. 1 and it is Asia's 11th-best performer with a year-to-date loss of 12.5 percent.

The bourse saw a net foreign inflow of 18.2 million rupees on Friday ending six straight outflow sessions, but thus far in 2011, offshore investors have sold 17.3 billion, and a record 26.4 billion in 2010.

Two currency dealers Reuters spoke to said the central bank had sold at least $120 million since the devaluation to defend the currency at the new level amid depreciation pressure.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Stinkies can run, but not hide from war crime charges...

Sri Lanka said on Thursday it was counting on its own how many civilians were slain at the end of its bloody civil war to counter claims that tens of thousands were killed and fend off international calls for a war crimes probe.

Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also acknowledged for the first time that soldiers may have committed unspecified 'crimes'. He promised to investigate and punish them.

Both the count of the killed and the admission of misconduct were a major shift for a government that had sworn its soldiers were beyond reproach and insisted for more than two years that not a single civilian was killed by its forces during the final stages of the war.

Rajapaksa's speech to a conference on postwar ethnic reconciliation was the government's latest attempt to show it was taking action on its own and blunt the calls for outside investigations into the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels

Rajapaksa said the census department's count, which is near completion and will be released soon, shows a very small number of civilians died because of military action. He said deaths due to natural causes, accidents, those who fled the country illegally, died fighting for the rebels or were killed by the rebels were also counted in order to reconcile the number of people unaccounted for.

"It has been possible to identify by name all such persons (dead or missing)," Rajapaksa said.
"As a result of the census we already know that the real number of the dead and missing is far too small to provide any substance to absurd allegations of genocide and war crimes that have been made."

A U.N. report released in April said tens of thousands of civilians may have been killed in the last months of the decades-long war that a final government offensive ended in May 2009.

The government had insisted there were 'zero civilian casualties' in that fighting, conceding only in August that civilian deaths did occur but they were unavoidable.
The U.N. report said most of the casualties came from government shelling and called for an independent international investigation into what it called credible allegations against the government and the Tamil Tigers, who fought for more than 25 years to carve out a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils.
The government has also dismissed as fabrications video footage apparently showing soldiers shooting bound, blindfolded prisoners. Christof Heyns, the U.N.'s independent investigator on extrajudicial killings, said the video was authentic and provided enough evidence to open a war crimes case. Human rights groups have also called for a war crimes probe.
The government appointed a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission last year, which submitted its report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier this week. The government has said it will submit that report to Parliament before making it public.
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said while Sri Lankan soldiers in general act professionally, there could have been bad elements.
"It needs to be understood during the three and a half years of humanitarian operation, the Sri Lankan military had to be expanded at a rapid pace. In the circumstances, it is possible that a few individuals who lack the capacity to withstand the pressures of the warfare with the required composure may have been recruited," he said.
He said the government would carry out any recommendations by the Lessons Learnt commission to investigate military abuses and steps for ethnic reconciliation but ruled out any international involvement.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

TNA decides to Boycott participating in time delaying tactics of Sinhala lanka...

Sri Lanka parliament on Wednesday passed a motion to set up a parliamentary select committee (PSC) to formulate a political solution to the country's ethnic issue.

The parliament announced that a motion to appoint a Select Committee of Parliament to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation was passed by the House.

The political parties of the country are requested to name their representatives to the PSC.

The committee is expected to suggest steps to enhance the unity of people in the country and empower them and the country to promote socio-economic, political and cultural development.

Under the motion approved today, the PSC, which will have quasi-judicial powers, is to comprise 19 governing party members and 12 opposition members.

The 16 political parties in the ruling alliance each will have a one representative and the largest constituent, Sri Lanka Freedom Party will have altogether four representatives in the PSC.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is engaged in a dialogue with the government, has earlier said the party would also participate in the PSC.

However, a TNA legislator Suresh Premachandran has told the AP news service that the Tamil party would not participate in the PSC as it would be another "time-buying tactic" of the government.

The PSC is to recommend constitutional measures that need to address the grievances of the minorities and provide solutions for all people that will "preserve and promote their respective identities and live with dignity and security as one nation,� within six months.

The PSC is expected to work a solution within the time frame with the input from all the political parties while the government continues to hold discussions with the Tamil National Alliance.

The government proposed the formation of the PSC stating that a unique opportunity has arisen for the people to unite and work together as one nation towards the economic, social and political development of the nation and its citizens.

The government says it is possible to find a solution by safeguarding the identities of all ethnic groups and preserving the territorial integrity through the initiatives of a parliamentary select committee.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

UK warns Sinhala lanka to walk the talk about reconciliation with tamils....

The United Kingdom has urged Sri Lanka to publish the report handed over to the president by the government appointed war panel.
British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has called upon Sri Lanka to "seize the opportunity" to demonstrate that the country is committed to reconciliation by making the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) public.
“Many hope this report will mark a significant milestone in Sri Lanka’s recovery from conflict, and I call on the Government of Sri Lanka to seize this important opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to national reconciliation and accountability,” he said.
The report was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the head of LLRC, CR de Silva, on Sunday.

'Prima facie evidence'

The United Kingdom said releasing the report as soon as possible is vital in demonstrating its commitment.
President Rajapaksa’s spokesman, Bandula Jayasekara, told BBC Sandeshaya on Sunday that the president will take the necessary action after studying the report.
“The president told the media that the report will be handed over to the parliament after studying it,” he said.
The LLRC appointed by the president in May 2010 has received 1000 oral testimonies since it began sessions in August.
More than 5000 written statements were also handed over to the panel.
LLRC spokesman Lakshman Wickremasinghe earlier told BBC Sandeshaya that the commission has forwarded some selected cases to the police “with good intentions” on what he called “prima facie” evidence.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

King MADAPAKSHE Personal Political agenda Screwed up Silly lankans dreams...

Following the Mumbai debacle, the captain, the vice captain and select committee resigned. Bayliss made a startling revelation that cricketers had to put up with things that had nothing to do with cricket. What are these things that got nothing to do with cricket? These are known, at least to friends and family of cricketers. Cricketers have a very large number of friends! Soon these will be well known and people will debate over it. Whatever the denials are, there was political involvement in selection, unfortunately. But it had nothing to do with UNP/SLFP/JVP party politics. It was different kind of politics.

He instructed Sri Lanka Cricket to take into account the need to use cricket world cup to the maximum for reconciliation. In turn the Interim Committee instructed the select committee and players what they should do to achieve maximum reconciliation impact. They were told how multiethnic the Indian team was.

Meanwhile the only non-Sinhalese players in the team, namely, Mutiah Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews were injured and were in doubt for the final. However, that would mean playing a “Sinhala only” team according to influential sections and they instructed to somehow include Muralitharan in the team and they insisted that there is no way a team without either Muralitharan and Mathews could play. Reluctantly Murali agreed. He made his decision clear early, days before the final.

At the same time influential sections were complaining about the inclusion of Ajantha Mendis saying that he is still a serving officer of the army. He playing in the final would “hurt” the reconciliation process because Tamils around the world protested his inclusion in previous matches. For the sake of “reconciliation” he was left out!

This was how the two disastrous decisions were made. Murali was included despite his injuries while Mendis was not included because his involvement may not be acceptable to some Tamils as he is serving in the army. Angered by the stupid decision, a section of the team was furious but had to put these at the back of their minds and continue. Anything that showed disunity in the team at this stage would have been disastrous for the team’s prospects. Some argue that the captain had already given up a day before the final due to these political interferences.

Ultimately the substandard team that played in the final lost mainly due to weak bowling. Mendis was out and Murali was not up to his hundred percent. Early breakthroughs could not be used to build on. Another unfortunate event happened in Hatton after the match. Two groups of people belonging to two ethnic groups clashed over the final match resulting in damages to property. The disastrous outcome at the final caused by a foolish attempt at Personal Political Agenda of reconciliation ended with worse consequences.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

For India, Interests of Tamilnadu is more important than interests of Sri Lanka....

Three days after the World Cup final, officials from Sri Lanka are not happy with the level of courtesy extended to their President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his trip to Mumbai to watch the final.

Though no official complaint has been lodged with the Indian government, they have informally conveyed their displeasure at limited tickets made available to Rajapaksa’s entourage, and at the refusal let him meet the teams before the start of the match.

“The tickets for the Sri Lankan president were being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). We would have been more happy if we had more tickets for the entourage,” the Sri Lankan Consul-General in Mumbai, Upekkha Samaratunga, told Mumbai Mirror.

Rajapaksa had decided to come to India for the final after Sri Lanka’s semi-final victory over New Zealand in Colombo

A request for 40 tickets was made to the BCCI through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.Around the same time, the cricket board got another request for 36 passes from Rashtrapati Bhawan for Indian President Pratibha Patil and her group.

“Since it was not possible for us to accommodate everybody at such short notice, we made 10 passes available to both the leaders in President’s Box at the stadium,” BCCI’s Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said.

“Since the Indian President is from Mumbai, we made another 20 passes available to her at the Garware pavilion. As for the Sri Lankan President, we could offer him only 10 additional passes in the Garware stand.”

Board officials said that since they were aware that Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister CB Rathnayake had purchased 40 tickets for the Garware stand a few weeks ago, they advised the Presidential entourage to use some of the seats blocked by him.

“In addition to that, I believe the Sri Lankan board president bought 10-15 more seats in the Vithal Divecha stand. But there was no problem,” Shetty said.

A senior official of the Maharashtra government said the Lankans were also upset because Rajapaksa’s request to meet the Sri Lankan players before the start of the match was denied at the last minute.

In the India vs Pakistan semi-final in Mohali, both Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian PM Manmohan Singh had the teams before the match began.

Consul-General Samaratunga said that a meeting with the players was scheduled in the President’s programme, but was later changed by Indian authorities.

Further, Rajapaksa was not allowed a picture opportunity with the winning Indian after the final.

When contacted, an MEA official in New Delhi said that Rajapaksa had not been invited by India, he had himself asked to come over.

In Mohali, Gilani was our guest. That’s why he was taken on the field to meet the players. “If there was no on-the-field interaction in Mumbai, it could be because of protocol issues.”

When contacted, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, confirmed that no complaint had been lodged with the Indian government on the issue, the Mumbai Mirror reports.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Sinhala Lanka is following Chinese/Pakistan Agenda of keeping Tamilnadu Restless....

Indian government summons Sri Lankan High Commissioner to object to the Premier’s statement

The Indian government is displeased with the statement made by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne in parliament during the debate on the extension of emergency regulations that three LTTE training camps were secretly operating in Tamil Nadu and the Indian External Affairs Ministry has summoned the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Indian Prasad Kariyawasam to express its displeasure at the comment, diplomatic sources said.

Director General of Tamil Nadu Police, Latika Saran has told Chennai Online that she rejected the statement made by the Prime Minister and that there are no training camps in Tamil Nadu.

The Director General has added that the LTTE did not have any connection to the recent attack on

  the Maha Bodhi and that the suspects have been arrested.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Is Sinhala Lanka trying to restrict "TOURISTS" from Tamilnadu to prevent Integration of Tamils ?

Lanka to restrict tourist arrivals on capacity constraints

Sri Lanka is planning to restrict the number of tourists arriving in to the country, officials said. This comes soon after the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) paid former English cricketer Tony Greig US$ 10,000 to be the tourism ambassador for six months.

SLTDA, Chairman, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa told the Island Financial Review that the tourism ministry would endorse a restriction on the number of arrivals.

He said taking into consideration the available room capacity and the 1,500 rooms under refurbishment, the ministry has decided to restrict the number of arrivals for this year. Dr. Godahewa did not elaborate.He also said the country is facing difficulties with insufficient lodging capacity and requested the community to play an active role in creating the needed rooms to cater to this growth.

The Island Financial Review recently reported that former England cricketer Tony Greig was appointed Sri Lanka Tourism ambassador for US$ 10,000 for a six-month period to promote Sri Lanka as a favourable destination.

The government has also encouraged star-class hotels in the island to increase their rates in a bid to attracting high-spenders.


Thursday, 10 March 2011

France Recognises the Libyan Rebels Interim Governing Council..TGTE Stand a good chance if they forge alliance with TNA & declare Unilateral Declaration of Independence for Eelam...

France First to Formally Recognize Libyan Rebels Govt

France is formally recognizing the Libyan opposition's Interim Governing Council as the "legitimate" representative of the Libyan people - the first country to do so.

France said Thursday it plans to exchange ambassadors with the council, based in the eastern city of Benghazi. Rebels took control of the city in a deadly uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The French announcement comes as NATO members begin two days of talks on Libya to discuss the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone to stop air attacks by pro-Gadhafi forces.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is attending the talks in Brussels. A senior U.S. official says Gates will tell the ministers about U.S. preparations for possible emergency response operations and humanitarian relief in Libya.

Western officials have expressed concern that a no-fly zone over Libya would have a limited impact on stopping the violence. But NATO diplomats say there is strong support for such a move if the Libyan government escalates attacks on civilians.

European Union ministers are also meeting in Brussels to discuss Libya.

The Libyan deputy foreign minister, Mohamed Tahir Siala, is in Athens Thursday discussing Libya's crisis with his Greek counterpart, Dimitris Dollis, ahead of the EU meeting. The Greek foreign ministry says the meeting in Athens was approved by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Diplomats from Portugal have held similar talks with Libyan officials.

Britain and France are drafting a United Nations resolution authorizing a no-fly zone. Top advisers to U.S. President Barack Obama met Wednesday to assess the situation in Libya and consider remaining options, including the option of working with international partners to impose a no-fly zone.

Gadhafi has said Libyans would take up arms against Western nations if they imposed such a zone.

Also Thursday, Russia announced it will ban all weapons sales to Libya.

And Germany has ordered a freeze on all bank accounts held by the Libyan central bank and the Libyan Investment Authority.


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

World needs to hold the Damocles sword against Mahinda head..FOREVER

U. S. Assist. Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs , Robert Blake last week issuing a warning to the Sri Lanka (SL) Govt. stated, ‘UN Security Council reporting Libya to the International criminal court last week was a signal of global concern over human rights,’ he added. He was not comparing Sri Lanka with Libya, but the Security Council’s unanimous decision against Libya over the weekend underscored the resolve of the international community regarding crimes against humanity. What Blake implied was, if SL Govt. does not conduct its own war crime investigation, a war crime Tribunal will have to take over that investigation. 

It is the perception of the SL Govt. that, since the war crime issue will never go before the UN Security Council, SL need entertain no fears about an international investigation. The Govt. is of the view that as long as its friends , China and Russia are in the Security Council, America  will not be able to take up SL’s war crime issues at the Security Council in view of the fact that China and Russia will block such an attempt.

Libyan Leader Gaddafi too had a similar conviction  and pinned great hopes on it banking on the support  and strength  China  and Russia could give him. He was of the opinion that if the Libyan issue goes before the UN Security Council, China  and Russia would forestall it.  To Gaddafi’s consternation that fervent hope did not materialize. The Security Council including China  and Russia took an unanimous decision against the Libyan Leader. Indeed, Blake while requesting  SL to conduct a war crime investigation within SL had warned it to take a lesson from Libya. In other words he was pointing out not to neglect the war crime investigation depending on China and Russia.
The SL Govt. which is reposing confidence in China, Russia and its other friendly countries is flaunting its strength overly before America and the Western countries . Yet, it has become obvious following the Libyan people’s  rebellion, neither China nor Russia will be able to come to the rescue of SL in a crucial and decisive moment. Libyan leader Gaddafi was also one of those leaders who placed tremendous amount of faith and hope on countries like SL apart from China and Russia. At the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Libyan revolution, Gaddafi invited the leaders of his friendly countries. Among them he recognized  four  international ‘true friends’ : one of them was SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa; others were, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani, Venezualan President Hugo Chavez Frias and the Philippine  President Arroyo. But, to Gaddafi’s deep consternation, at the moment when he was in deep turmoil and trouble, none of his ‘true friends’ could lend him a hand. When Gaddafi spoke to SL President Mahinda, the latter too had told him to restore peace in Libya. Similarly he ought to have spoken to Pakistan, China, Russia   and Venezuela leaders. Yet , today none of them is in a position to assist him.
At home, the SL Govt. is reposing great hope and confidence  in Pakistan and Venezuela. Wherever Venezualan President goes ,  his favourite pastime is castigating America and the Western countries – the only option he has. In the event of an uprising against him, he would also have to meet with the same fate  as Gaddafi. The view of the SL Govt. is that it can with the help of the countries constituting China’s ‘string of pearls’ including Pakistan, surmount any critical situation in the UN security Council by pressurizing China into supporting SL. Pakistan, China and Russia are countries which backed SL during the ethnic war. Nevertheless after the recent  Libyan people’s uprising it has become clearly manifest that they are not in a position to render assistance to SL on the war crimes issue. These countries are well aware that they cannot afford to antagonize America and the Western countries, as they  do not want to  plunge their own countries into financial  straits and economic crises by offending them. Indeed, they supported SL during the war but that was  because of their motive  to  develop  their own economy – they sold arms and accumulated profits.. Hence, they cannot be expected to help SL on the war crime issue since  their  objective is  to safeguard their  own economic fronts.
This is the bitter truth. Therefore it is well for the SL Govt. to realize this bitter but stark truth and seriously heed Blake’s warning. It is only India which can change the tough attitude of America and Western countries towards war crime charges. It is true India is a ‘big brother’. It is also true that  in a family too a big brother bullies a ‘smaller brother’. By trying to flaunt his superiority he goes even to the extent of bickering with him. He even expects  his smaller brother to act according to his wishes and needs. But when problems mount from outside he safeguards his younger brother nevertheless. This is precisely why he is considered a ‘big brother’. Thus the only country which can ultimately provide support to SL is India . India too is well pleased when the war crime issue against SL snowballs internationally, for , it is only then SL will be disabled from taking a tough stand in relation to India when aligning itself with  Pakistan and China. India can demonstrate its ‘big brother’ role only in those circumstances. Mahinda once told the Indian media that India should not act like a ‘big brother.’ But as far as India is concerned it has to necessarily and  compulsorily show that it is a ‘big brother’ to Mahinda.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

SHOULD TNA continue talking with Murderers ?

Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Vanni, S. Sritharan, narrowly escaped from a group of attackers who lobbed two hand grenade targeting his vehicle and fired at the vehicle using pistols from behind Monday evening around 6:00 p.m. at Nochchiyaagama in Anuradhapura, TNA parliamentarians told media. The parliamentarian was on his way from Vavuniyaa to Colombo to attend the Tuesday sittings in SL parliament. No one was hurt in the attack, SL Police in Anuradhapura said.
The armed men fled the site when the security guard of the parliamentarian opened fire in self-defense, the sources further said.

The MP has complained to the Sri Lankan Police hierarchy and has sought refuge at a secure place.
The assassination attempt on Mr. Sritharan comes 3 years after TNA MP for Vanni Mr. Sivanesan was assassinated in a targeted Claymore attack allegedly by Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) inside the then LTTE controlled Vanni.