Ex- Law College Principal gets top post at Presidential Sec.

January 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm


31 January 2014 12:22

Former Law College Principal W.D Rodrigo who left the Law College under a cloud in November last year has been appointed Legal Director of the Presidential Secretariat from January 29.
Speaking to Daily Mirror Mr. Rodrigo said his appointment came as a result of, “being the most educated lawyer in the country”.

Sri Lanka Navy spoiling the ‘conducive atmosphere’ created by the talks – Tamil Nadu CM

January 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 02:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Chennai: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa on Friday accused the Sri Lankan Navy of deliberately spoiling the conducive atmosphere created by the recent talks by arresting 38 Tamil Nadu fishermen just days after the fishermen from the two sides held talks.

In a letter to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today, the Chief Minister said the “environment of goodwill has been totally vitiated” by the arrest of 38 fishermen on Wednesday (January 29)  while they were fishing in their traditional waters in the Palk Bay.

Section of Sri Lanka’s main prison in Colombo to be relocated to deep south

January 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 01:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to relocate a section of the country’s main Welikada Prison located in the Colombo city center to a location in the deep south.

The Cabinet has granted approval to a proposal put forward by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera to relocate a section of the Welikada Prison to Eraminiyaya in Angunakolapelessa of the Hambantota district.

Sri Lankan government slams British minister’s comments on LLRC

January 31, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 12:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government slammed a comment made by a British parliamentarian that Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanism for reconciliation , Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC)  was not according to international standards.

Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday lashed out at British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Hugo Swire for making a statement in the UK parliament that any process Sri Lanka established to investigate the war including the LLRC does not meet criteria set by the UK. 

Sri Lanka not prepared to cave into pressure and betray independence – President

January 31, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 01:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Kalutara: Sri Lanka is no longer a dominated nation and it will not cave to external pressure and betray its independence, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

Addressing a ceremony held in St. Mary’s college in Matugama today to distribute school equipment for the Year one students in the Kalutara district, the President said some countries are using many tactics to invade the country which was liberated by the war heroes with their utmost sacrifice.

Relentless pursuit by US would polarize communities further, Sri Lanka tells US official

January 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 09:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government today told a visiting top US official that relentless pursuit on Sri Lanka by the US through the United Nations Human Rights Council would only hinder the reconciliation and polarize the communities further.

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris told the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, when she called on the Minister  Friday (31) that the US action against Sri Lanka has further strengthened the hardliners.

NPC councillors demand SL military to hand over seized cattle back to civilians

January 31, 2014 at 7:46 pm

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 January 2014, 18:31 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military in Vanni is operating a dairy farm near Muththaiyan-kaddu tank in Mullaiththeevu and is competing with the resettling Tamil farmers by cutting the prices down through its military-corporatist approach, according to Tamil councillors P. Iyngaranesan and K.  Sarveswaran of the Northern Provincial Council. The occupying SL military had seized around 2,000 cattle belonging to Tamil farmers in Vanni during the genocidal onslaught and has seized 65 acres of the lands and buildings belonging to the Irrigation Department to run its dairy farm.

Pesaalai villagers mobilize against genocidal land grab in Mannaar

January 31, 2014 at 7:45 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 January 2014, 07:52 GMT] The Tamil Catholic people of the coastal village of Pesaalai in the north-west of the Mannaar island on Thursday took to the streets in protest against the genocidal land grab by the occupying Sinhala military.  The protest took place when the SL Navy brought land surveyors to measure a land belonging to the 600-year-old church in their village. The occupying Navy, which is already stationed in the one-acre coconut palm grove, is now trying to permanently seize the land from the church. The people of the village mobilized against the move and blocked the surveyors from measuring the land despite the harassment by the occupying navy video-filming the people amidst the deployment of a large number of SL navy sailors at the site.

PPT verdict and Eelam Tamils

January 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 January 2014, 13:18 GMT] While the PPT hearings peeled away the layers of oppression the Eelam Tamils had faced due to the prolonged activities of the UK and USA, a “vortex model” that is now put in action with the allure of proximity to power, has created a new kind of thinking among many Eelam Tamils. These Eelam Tamils rationalise their pro-UK-USA position, thinking that Eelam Tamils will not gain justice without the support of these states and thus exposing their complicity will not work in our favour.  Such a position is incompatible with the meaning of struggle. Eelam Tamils should develop a better strategy for their struggle than one that requires them to cover up the crimes of those states that were in complicity in the genocide. The PPT verdict should play a central role in that new strategy, writes N. Malathy.
Full text of the communication from Dr N. Malathy, a key member of NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR)  and the author of ‘A Fleeting Moment in my Country’, follows:

No Free And Fair Election Is Possible In A Dictatorship Not Even An Elected Dictatorship- COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

January 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

By R.M.B Senanayake –

R.M.B. Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

For the first time people protesting against the ruling government have opposed elections. It is in Thailand. It is really interesting to ask the question why since they want to change the government. Is it because they do not have any faith in elections due to the failure of the incumbent governments in several countries in Asia to hold free and fair elections? Or is it because the protesters think they do not constitute the majority who are not with them in their attitude to the government? I think people have lost faith in elections. This constitutes a dangerous situation for it means change of government through an election will no longer commend credibility. It means the risk of civil protests and even violence to change a government which is unpopular.

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