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Citing Buddhist monk, SL police refuses to act on land-grab complaints in Batticaloa

October 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 23:50 GMT] The Head of the Sri Mangalaramaya Buddhist vihara Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana thero has been instrumental in seizing the lands of Eezham Tamils and handing over these lands to Sinhalese from the border villages. When the Tamil land owners complained to the Divisional Secretary of Poaratheevup-pattu (Vellaave’li), the DS accepted their lands have been illegally encroached. But, the Sri Lankan Police at Vellaave’li has refused to accept and act on the complaints by Tamil land owners. The latest seizure of farm lands has taken place at Chinnavaththai village in Vellaave’li division of Paduvaankarai region.

SL military turns back UN official at Oamanthai check-post on World Food Day

October 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 October 2014, 09:51 GMT] The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka on Thursday turned back the country representative for United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at Oamanthai military check post in Vavuniyaa citing the lack of SL Defence Ministry pass to travel to North, civil sources in Vavuniyaa said. Ms Beth Crawford, the FAO representative for Maldives and Sri Lanka, invited as Special Guest to attend the World Food Day event organised by the Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) in Ki’linochchi, was unable to attend the event.  Colombo has imposed a new restriction on foreigners traveling to North without Defence Ministry permission since last Friday.

Action needed in UK in converting legal victory into political victory: V. Koppe

October 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 October 2014, 21:10 GMT] “It is a legal victory, but obviously, it should also be won [as] a political victory. And this decision would be a perfect moment to start negotiations again,” said LTTE’s lawyer Victor Koppe, commenting on Thursday’s European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement in the LTTE vs. EU case. For reasons not sure to him, Great Britain and the Netherlands, the former colonisers of the island, actively defended the LTTE ban in the case, the Amsterdam-based attorney said in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday. It was the UK who initiated the ban. In bringing a new moment for re-evaluation, national action in that country should be the first thing that could be done. “If you are asking which countries may be on a national level where people should take legal action, I suppose it would be Great Britain, which comes to my mind,” Mr. V. Koppe said.

Saddened by Lankan “under-appreciation” of Indian aid’

October 19, 2014 at 1:03 am

 

A response to High Commissioner Singha’s statement

October 18, 2014, 1:42 pm
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by Rajeewa Jayaweera

High Commissioner Sinha in his speech during the symposium to  commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala which he  attended as Chief Guest had stated his country was “saddened by the  under-appreciation of Indian aid” by Sri Lanka.

DITCHING THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY AND RE-WRITING THE CONSTITUTION

October 19, 2014 at 12:34 am

 

October 18, 2014, 1:42 pm

From 1994, the UPFA and its antecedents have given solemn oral  and/or written undertakings on at least four occasions promising to get rid of  the Executive Presidency but they have not done so. What happened instead was  the strengthening of the Executive Presidency by effectively nullifying even the  few safeguards that had been incorporated in the 17th Amendment. To make things  worse, the subsequent passing of the 18th Amendment, which the Citizens’  Movement for Good Governance (CIMOGG) has consistently condemned from the time  that it was proposed, has led to greater violations of good governance and  accountability.

18th Amendment could not have been enacted without a referendum – Prof. Ratnapala

October 19, 2014 at 12:21 am

 

Debate on President Rajapaksa seeking third term

October 19, 2014, 10:11 am
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by Zacki Jabbar

Law Professor Suri Ratnapala says that the 18th  Amendment to the  Constitution  could not have been enacted without the approval of the people at  a referendum, if it had the effect of retrospectively extinguishing a condition  on which the 2010 Presidential Election was held.

‘Three top officials blocking registration of locally assembled vehicles’ — Chairman

October 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

 

‘My life is also under threat’

October 19, 2014, 10:09 am
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by Suresh Perera

Chairman Harsha de Silva addressing last week’s news conference. At right is  K. A. C. Chandrawickrama, a customer. (Pic by Nimal Dayaratne)

Denying registration to locally assembled vehicles for the past two years  figured at a news conference in Colombo last week, where a group of customers  protested against the “gross injustice”, but the BOI-approved company’s top  executive who transacted the business, walked in to declare that he is totally  helpless as three high-ranking officials continue to “hinder the due process”.

European Conspiracy against SL

October 18, 2014 at 11:33 pm

 

October 18, 2014, 6:14 pm
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The fact that the General Court of the European Court of Justice  has rendered invalid the listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organization in the  EU has caused much consternation in Sri Lanka. It has to be noted that bodies  like the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the European Court of Human Rights  often deliver judgments that cause much distress in member states of the EU  itself so it’s hardly surprising that we would find one of their rulings  disconcerting.

Other issues

October 18, 2014 at 1:10 am

 

SL Muslims at the cross roads – 21

October 17, 2014, 8:30 pm

By Izeth Hussain

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I must insist on the importance of the fact that in Islamic  animal sacrifice none of the meat is meant to go waste. This follows from the  fact that Islam places a high value on reverence for life, including non-human  life, which is why hunting for pleasure is forbidden – something that perhaps  had to be expected in a religion that arose in a desert environment where  non-human life was very scarce.

Elphinstone to Gamini – What’s in a name?

October 18, 2014 at 1:03 am

 

October 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
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It is easy to recall the quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as  sweet.”


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