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Process of granting solution to the ethnic problem of Sri Lanka reversed to 2005

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Sri Lanka government is to have another round of talks with the major Tamil constituent Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today in Colombo, unconfirmed sources say. This discussion was scheduled following the last dialogue held on June 23 in the Presidential Secretariat. Today's discussion is believed an extension of the dialogue on the talks on the implementation of the 13th amendment to the constitution. Reports say the TNA has proposed amendments to the concurrent list of the 13th amendment under which the central government and the Provincial Councils share equal powers in certain matters. However, an earlier report said that TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran had told the government was expected to respond to their proposals regarding power sharing within a week. Earlier reports said that the next round of talks were scheduled for July 9. Despite the talks with the TNA, the President told the main opposition United National Party’s co-deputy leader Karu Jayasuriy

Sri Lanka trishaw drivers protest nano cabs

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A group of trishaw drivers held a protest demonstration yesterday at the Hyde Park, Colombo against the Tata Nano taxi cab service. The self-employed trishaw owners sought the government to intervene to safeguard their livelihood. They say their livelihood is under threat due to this taxi cab service. Their protest was focused to the taxi cab service launched by Nano cabs Company, of which a major shareholder is reportedly a Colombo district MP of the ruling United People's Freedom alliance. Reportedly, the company has received a tax concession to import 200 Nano cars at two third the normal market price in Sri Lanka. The cheapest Nano car costs Rs. 925,000 in Sri Lanka, three timesmore than double the price in India due to heavy taxes. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Another petition against not holding election for Colombo Municipal Council

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Pakyasothi Saravanamuttu, a leading civil society figure in Sri Lanka filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court yesterday citing his civil and political rights were violated due to non holding of the election for the Colombo Municipal Council. The petitioner has cited Election Commissioner, Colombo District Deputy Election Commissioner,Municipal Administration and the Attorney General as respondents. Executive Director of Centre for Policy Alternatives Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a fundamental rights petition on May 10 also in the Supreme Court seeking the holding of election for the Colombo Municipal Council immediately. The election for the Colombo Municipal Council was postponed repeatedly under emergency regulations and finally it was placed under a competent authority that is neither an elected member nor a public official, cited the petitioner. Later, he withdrew the petition due to faults in it to file a new one. Bookmark, remember and visit us

Sri Lankan leaders indirectly admit charges leveled against them

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“When the American forces entered the room that Bin Laden was in they first shot his wife. Then they shot bin Laden. At this point both of them were unarmed. But none of us, or the international community is questioning this,” said Sri Lanka Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at a meeting held in Nugegoda on June 17, as quoted by News First . “But the Channel 4 video, we don't know if it is accurate or not, shows LTTE terrorists being arrested by the army. They are being questioned. But later they show the body. They make it out to be a big thing. But they don't show who this terrorist is,” pointed out the Defence Secretary. “This terrorist is the terrorist who brutally murdered our Buddhist priests in the Eastern Province in cold blood. This is the person who killed 600 unarmed police officers after tying their hands. This is the person who killed the innocent women and their children in in villages in cold blood. None of this is mentioned about these people in the doc

Link to Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

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Watch Channel 4 video Killing Fields of Sri Lanka Jon Snow presents a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers. With disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of executions, atrocities and the shelling of civilians the programme features devastating new video evidence of war crimes - some of the most horrific footage Channel 4 has ever broadcast. Captured on mobile phones, both by Tamils under attack and government soldiers as war trophies, the disturbing footage shows: the extra-judicial executions of prisoners; the aftermath of targeted shelling of civilian camps; and dead female Tamil fighters who appear to have been raped or sexually assaulted, abused and murdered. The film is made and broadcast as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon faces growing criticism for refusing to launch an investigation into 'credible allegations' that Sri Lankan f

“There is no arsenic in our rice” - Minister of Agriculture; “ That is certainly true” - Agribusiness Corporations

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Research conducted recently by a group of scientists of universities in Sri Lanka has shown that there is arsenic poison in rice produced in the country and that around 20,000 farmers in Rajarata have become ill and have died due to arsenic poison that is in the rice produced in the country. The research has revealed that this was due to the arsenic poison mixed in the agrochemicals used in Rajarata. Agribusiness corporations have become very upset by this revelation and have published a full page advertisement with 20 such corporations coming together . It denies this and has the caption that “ scientific truth that protects agriculture will ever prevail”. In the mean time the Hon Minister of Agriculture issues a statement saying that “There is no arsenic in t he rice produced in the country”. He says that “28 varieties of agrochemicals were tested and there was arsenic present only in two of those”. During the last 20 years there were around 20,000 farmers in Anuradhapura and Pol

Second programme of leadership and positive attitude training for Sri Lanka university students starts today

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The second programme of leadership and positive attitude training programme of the new university students of Sri Lanka is to commence today. The programme handled by the military is to be held in 29 centers island wide. 10,032 students have been called for the programme. Registration of the participants started at the respective centers yesterday. 9848 students participated in the first programme that was held in 28 centers. Two new centers have been added to the list of centers. They are the Kothalawala Defense Academy and the Medawachchiya Punewa Navy camp. The training programme will not be held this time at the Elpitiya Police Training School. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Is this the democracy granted to the Tamils by Sri Lanka government?

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Jaffna peninsula is in the hands of the Sri Lanka state security forces since 1995. However, even after the Tamil rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) was defeated in two years back, still the normalcy does not appear to prevail in Jaffna. Excessive military presence and their high handedness prevents people enjoying the democratic rights at least to the level enjoyed by the people of the other parts of the country. Following report is from Daily Mirror : Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Mavai Senathiraja accused the Army of dispersing a meeting they held at the Alawetti Mahajana College in Jaffna last evening using excessive force. “More than 100 soldiers came to the College and said that we cannot hold the meeting here and subsequently began removing the microphones before assaulting the participants. When our bodyguards, who are also policemen, intervened they too were assaulted”, he said. “Several people had been injured and a complaint was lodged with the Thellipa

People's Liberation Front (JVP) initiative for the human rights of Tamil political prisoners

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We adopted the following news story from the People's Liberation Front (JVP) affiliated Lanka Truth website. The 'We are Sri Lankans' is also a human rights initiative of the JVP. We identify this trend of the JVP as a unique phenomenon. JVP backed the war that was the main reason for the violation of human rights of the Tamils. ‘We are Sri Lankans (WESL)’ an organization agitating for the release of Tamil political prisoners said Tuesday(14) Tamils held in prisons and detention camps countrywide were allegedly being abused and neglected by prison authorities. WESL Executive Committee member Udul Premaratne told a media briefing they had received information that individuals who were arrested on suspicion of having links to the LTTE were being harassed by inmates and prison officers. “These detainees are being mistreated simply because they are ‘Tamil political prisoners’. However, it is an act of injustice to allow them to languish in detention camps without filing

Netherlands investigators now in Sri Lanka to inquire ex-Tamil Tiger leader KP

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A special investigation team from the Netherlands that has arrived in Sri Lanka to probe the terrorist activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) in relation to Netherlands is to inquire ex-LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP. Sri Lanka defense sources say that the government of Sri Lanka has granted permission to the Netherlands investigators to record statements from KP who is now under the government protection. The group especially will inquire into the fund raising and supply of weapons by the LTTE during the period from 1983 to 2009, reported state media. Spokesman of the investigating team Jacho Birents says statements have already being recorded from around 90 persons. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Channel 4 airs Sri Lanka's killing fields; government repeats it is not authentic

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"Footage of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, with its echoes of Srebrenica, means the international community is more likely to act, a top lawyer tells Channel 4 News. But is prosecution possible?" Channel 4 questioned in its website yesterday as the government of Sri Lanka denied the one hour video aired by Channel 4 TV stating it was a a mere ‘collection of visuals previously aired through LTTE websites and a minuscule section of the international media, at the behest of parties with vested interests to undermine the present efforts at reconciliation and development taking place in Sri Lanka.' Documenting the final weeks of the bloody civil war when an estimated 40,000 people died, the Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka's Killing Fields reveals shocking new evidence of serious war crimes. The film includes footage of government soldiers executing bound prisoners; the dead bodies of naked, abused women dumped in a truck; and the bombing of civilian hospitals. The ba

Sri Lankan migrant employees in a fast unto death in Iraq; Sri Lanka government shuns responsibility stating they are illegal

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Thirty Sri Lankan migrate workers have commenced a fast unto death in Al Amara, Iraq, reported a local TV station. They say they urge the authorities to pay them the 19 months arrears of the unpaid salaries and allow them to return to Sri Lanka. The relevant employees began a fast unto death previously also but suspended the action as the officials of the Iraq government pledged to grant them solutions, reported the TV station. A spokesman of the Lebanon embassy of Sri Lanka said to the TV station that the officials are trying hard to solve the issue. However, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) said that it was unable to directly intervene to resolve the issue of these migrant workers. Due to the volatile conditions in the country, the Sri Lankan government had brought the country's migrants back to the country and stopped sending any new workers to Iraq, said SLFEB Chairman, Kingsley Ranawana adding that Sri Lankan migrant workers who are on a fast unto death in I

Sri Lanka police narcotic bureau officials under threat following arrest of a drug dealer

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Sri Lanka media reported that the police narcotic bureau officials that arrested a large haul of heroine yesterday are under death threats. Bureau director J.P.U. Jayasinghe and the officials in the squad that conducted the raid to confiscate the seven kilo heroine stock that was hidden in a house in Rajagiriya are under threat, local media said. Police sources say the narcotic investigators are on the hunt of a person named Thotalanga Japan Chooti who is believed the king pin of Colombo drug scandals. The suspect is in the protection of a powerful politician of Colombo district and even uses a vehicle belonged to the politico, sources say. Police recently arrested a wealthy person known as Lalithra whose statements led to the recovery of the heroine stock. Media reported that the said politician attempted to get the man released before the suspect himself showed police the safe house where heroine was hidden yesterday. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.c

Sri Lankan trade unions complains to ILO against restrictions imposed by the government on trade union activity.

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A coalition of Sri Lankan trade unions has complained to the International Labor Organization (ILO) seeking an intervention against the restrictions imposed by the government on trade union activity. The complaint has been lodged by Thushara Ilangakoon of Health Services Trade Union Alliance, Anton Marcus of Trade Union Confederation and Saman Ratnapriya of Government Nursing Officers Association. They allege that the fundamental rights of the workers to strike has been curtailed and activists are regularly intimidated in violation of the principles of the ILO conventions. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Two new Supreme Court judges take oath in Sri Lanka

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Two new Supreme Court judges took oaths before the President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at the Temple Trees. The two new judges are the former Chairman of Court of Appeal Sathya Hettige and former Solicitor General President's Counsel W.P.J. Dep. Presidential Secretary Lilith Weerathunga was also present at the official swearing in of the two Supreme Court judges. Meanwhile, Deputy Solicitor General Ms. Eva Wanasundara was promoted as the Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice sources said. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Sri Lanka - India ferry service first ship today

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The first passenger ship of the ferry service relaunched between Sri Lanka and India following the end of war will sail from Tutokorin today. The ship is to arrive in the Colombo harbor tomorrow. The nine story ship has seating arrangements for 1044 passengers. It also has a 250 seat auditorium, restaurants, recreational facilities and medical facilities. The shipping agent Arugambay Travels says that 10% is levied from the children up to two years of age, 50% up to 12 years of age and 40% from the senior citizens. One way ticket is around 60 US dollars. A passenger can carry up to 100 kilos of baggage. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Colombo drug dealer arrested; close associate of government MP

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Sri Lanka police arrested a person believed the main distributor of heroine in Colombo city. Police also found a stock of over seven kilos heroine worth of Rs. 40 million in the man's custody. A woman associate and a luxury vehicle belonged to him was also taken into custody. She was the custodian of a safe house where heroine was stocked. The suspect is known as Lalithra. He is believed a close associate of a government MP of Colombo district. Police say the MP tried hard to get the suspect released from police custody. Police said the suspect had imported heroine directly from Pakistan and sold in Sri Lanka. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Inhuman treatment for a Sri Lankan migrant worker in Saudi Arabia

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A Sri Lankan who was found guilty for selling liquor in a public place in Taif city Saudi Arabia while being drunk has been subjected to 430 lashes, reported Emirates 24/7 news service said yesterday. The Emirates did not report the name of the person. However, the man was apparently a migrant laborer. Thousands of Sri Lankans work in Saudi Arabia as unskilled and skilled laborers. Of them, the vast majority is housemaids. Of the 400 lashes, 80 is for being drunk, reported the news service. SEventy lashes are to be repeated five times for selling liquor. The man is also sentenced for five years and he is to be deported from Saudi Arabia after his punishment is over. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

People;s Liberation Front (JVP) of Sri Lanka to hold a massive protest in Colombo today

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People's Liberation Front (JVP) of Sri Lanka has organized a massive protest campaign today in Colombo in protest of the killing of Free Trade Zone employee Roshen Janaka by police. The protest is to be held at 3 p.m. today at at Lipton Circus, said a JVP spokesman. JVP was to hold a public lecture today on government's bifurcate police before the international pressure at the Viharamahadevi Indoor Stadium but cancelled it to go to the massive protest, a party spokesman said. Roshan Janaka, a 22 year old employee of Free Trade Zone was critically injured in police fire on Monday and succumbed to injuries last evening. Bookmark, remember and visit us again: www.lankapolity.com

Normalcy of Katunayaka Free Trade Zone of Sri Lanka marred by police violence

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(June 01, 2011,    Lanka Polity )  Sri Lanka's local media reported that a young man injured in the clash between the police and the agitators on Monday in Katunayaka Free Trade Zone is in critical condition. Sinhala daily The Divaina newspaper reported that 22 year old Free Trade Zone employee Roshen Shanaka has sustained gun shot injuries near his waist. The man's kidneys are not functioning and his right leg has been amputated, says the newspaper. The patient depends on life saving machines, some other media reported. The patient Roshen shanaka is a resident of Minuwangoda. He is the fourth of the five siblings of the family and joined an employment in the Free Trade Zone four months ago, family sources said to media. Meanwhile, BBC Sinhala service reported that another Free Trade Zone employee who pleaded to police not to harm him because he had undergone a by-pass surgery has also been attacked by police. A left oriented News Service UPU said based on ground sour