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Govt.pushing Northern CM to extremism – MG

January 31, 2014 at 1:03 am


January 30, 2014, 10:21 pm

by Lal Gunasekera

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganeshan said yesterday  that UPFA government, instead of protecting the Northern Provincial Council (NPC),  was pushing its Chief Minister Wigneswaran into the hands of  extremists.  He said that the three resolutions passed by the NPC including the call for  international probe on war crimes charges were the outcome of the failure of  Mahinda Rajapaksa government to address the issues affecting the Tamil people.

CEB in dumps, but its engineers’ rewards rosy as ever

January 31, 2014 at 1:01 am


January 30, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Ifham Nizam

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) engineers should be blamed for the  frequent breakdowns in power plants. Had they been doing their jobs properly in  keeping with thumping emoluments paid to them, the CEB would not be in the  current sorry plight, senior trade unionists allege.

Third consecutive US resolution targeting SL: Consultations in London after US official’s Jaffna visit

January 31, 2014 at 12:59 am


January 30, 2014, 10:14 pm


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Senior British officials dealing with the LTTE based in the UK will meet US  Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal early next week in London as they step  up pressure on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  to back a third US resolution targeting Sri Lanka since 2012.

AI tells India to back call for war crimes probe against SL

January 31, 2014 at 12:53 am


January 30, 2014, 10:10 pm

Ananthapadmanabhan, Chief Executive, Amnesty International India

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN , Our Special Correspondent


NEW DELHI, January 29:

India must support demands by civil society actors, UN officials and  survivors of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka for an international investigation  into alleged war crimes committed during the civil war, Amnesty International  India said today.

Sri Lankan Forces did not target civilians – Secretary to the President

January 31, 2014 at 12:42 am

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces neither targeted civilians nor used heavy weapons during the final months of the conflict. He said so in an interview with Associated Press.

He denied any such targeting of civilians by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, or the use of heavy weapons in the final months of the war, although he acknowledged there could have been “collateral damage” during the fighting when the LTTE was using civilians as human shields.

U.S. Envoy to Visit Sri Lanka as Pressure Builds for War Crimes Inquiry-GARDINER HARRIS

January 31, 2014 at 12:36 am

NEW DELHI — A top State Department official is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday, just three days after the United States announced that it would again seek a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council pressing for an investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Nisha Biswal, the assistant secretary of state for Central and South Asian affairs, is expected to meet with government officials, members of the opposition and others in Colombo, the capital. She is also expected to travel to Jaffna, a city in the heart of the Tamil-dominated Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka nationalist party calls to dissolve Northern PC over resolution on war crime probe

January 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 11:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: Ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU)  today called on the government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) over the resolution the NPC adopted recently to seek an international probe on alleged war crimes.

JHU member and former Western Province Councilor Udaya Gammanpila said the NPC is working against the national interests and the Governor of the Northern Province should dissolve the Council for adopting the illegal resolution.

Sri Lanka to release report on census data on dead and disappeared during conflict next month

January 31, 2014 at 12:29 am

Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 08:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics said that the report of the census on human death and property damages during the three-decade long conflict would be released next month just ahead of the challenging United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva in March.

Director General of the Department of Census and Statistics D.C.A. Gunawardena told local media that the field work had been completed and the data were being processed at the moment.

More skeletons exhumed from Mannaar mass grave

January 31, 2014 at 12:28 am

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 08:54 GMT] 55 human skeletons have been recovered so far from  Thirukkeatheesvaram mass grave in Maanthai division of Mannaar district.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, Colombo had deployed more than 20 ‘criminal investigators’ to proceed with their version of the ‘investigations’ for the 4th day. The victims are believed to be innocent civilians who were caught and slain by the SL military during the times of Rana Gosha military operation between 1999 and 2001, civil sources in Mannaar say. 

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

January 31, 2014 at 12:26 am

[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.

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