Major General Prasanna Silva to gather info on families of those who protested in the UK
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has ordered the Defence Attache at the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK, Major General Prasanna Silva to immediately gather information about the persons who participated in the protests in London against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and their families, sources from the High Commission told Lanka News Web.
“Bell Pottinger contract is not my work” says angry Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal
Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal is angered by the statement made by the External Affairs Minister's statement that the contract between London's Bell Pottinger Company and the Sri Lankan government was initiated by him, sources from the Central Bank told Lanka News Web. The UK company Bell Pottinger was assigned the task of building Sri Lanka's image amongst the international community and the failure in doing so has resulted in the company losing its image as well.
President orders an investigation into Oxford student Dilan Fernando
The President has ordered the Sri Lankan High Commission officials to conduct an investigation into the head of the Sri Lankan students union in Oxford, Dilan Fernando, as it was the Sri Lankan union that had organized the President address in the Oxford Union. The President had made the order on the 2nd evening when he met with SLFP members in London at the High Commission office, Lanka News Web learns.
Buddhika had also supported the ministers when they had attacked Jayalath
UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana had instigated government ministers like Dinesh Gunawardena, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Jagath Pushpakumara when they had attacked UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena for allegedly conspiring against the President with LTTE supporters internationally, sources from Sirikotha said.
Jayalath confirmed this issue and said that he had even shouted at Buddhika saying, “Ask your father-in-law, as to where I was.”
Statement by Deputy Leader of the United National Party
The events that transpired during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to
Britain have filled the people of this country with dismay and caused significant embarrassment to the Sri Lankan state and its citizenry.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy.
Sri Lanka never killed any civilians as such: Rajapaksa
The appeal to request for warrants to arrest those responsible for committinggg alleged war crimeduringgg the “humanitarian operation” in Sri Lanka last May was to be presented to the London courts on Thursday (2) evening, Lanka News Web reliably learns.
Ministers try to assault Jayalath for allegedly insulting the President
Ministers Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Dinesh Gunawardena and Jagath Pushpakumara have tried to assault UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena in parliament for allegedly attempting to get President Mahinda Rajapaksa chased from the UK and for instigating protesters involved in an anti-government protest at the Heathrow Airport in London on the 29th.
80% of the state enterprises are under the Rajapaksas
The gazette notification that informs the subject matters of the ministries has been published and according to it, 80% of the state enterprises are under the purview of the Rajapaksas. It is also interesting to note that Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva has not been allocated any institution.
Action will be taken against politicians who travel overseas and conspire against the country
Director General of the Media Center for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle says that legal action would be taken against politicians who have conspired against the country in the international arena. He said that comments and actions of certain opposition politicians during their overseas trips have helped the LTTE sympathizing Tamil Diaspora raise its head internationally.
Warrant against senior aide of President Rajapakse
Senior panel of lawyers,on behalf of Global Tamil Forum supporting the application for a warrent against a senoir aid of President Rajapakse at City of Westminster Magistrates Court's in London today(02) morning Lanka News Web reliably learns.
Call your Senators TODAY on War Crimes in Sri Lanka
A Congressional sign-on letter is circulating in the Senate now, sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown and Richard Burr. The letter asks Secretary Clinton to publicly call for an independent international investigation into war crimes and other abuses committed during the war in Sri Lanka. Amnesty International has been campaigning for such an international investigation for the past several months. Amnesty has received credible, consistent reports that both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels committed violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, and human rights abuses during the war in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka never killed any civilians as such: Rajapaksa
The most telling moment in the Times interview with President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka came after it was over. For almost an hour, in a suite in the Dorchester, Mr Rajapaksa had painted a picture of his Government and country that was as white and spotless as his traditional garb: any atrocities at the culmination of Sri Lanka’s brutal war with Tamil separatists were the work of the terrorists; videos allegedly showing army troops killing civilians were fakes; war crime allegations were groundless; the arrest and trial of his foremost political opponent was a matter for the judiciary and nothing to do with him.
Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s intended visit to the Oxford Union was cancelled citing security concerns as the reason. The real reason for the cancellation was the publication of material in the British media that would be used as evidence in an international court of law for Rajapaksa’s war crimes and crimes against humanity. Rajapaksa, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces is responsible for the actions of the military during the war such as killing surrendering combatants, raping Tamil women and children, bombing hospitals, using cluster bombs and many other crimes.
Sri Lankan Tamil protesters to surround Dorchester Hotel
SL President met UK and EU Parliamentarians.
(Pix By: Sudath Silva)
Following cancellation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's address to the Oxford Union today (2) Sri Lankan Tamils from various parts of Europe are now arriving in Britain to protest and surround the DochDorchesterel on Park Street in Central London, Lanka News Web learns.
President orders for an airline to be on stand by to move out in case of any signs of trouble,
Bell Potinger mess up again!
The Sri Lankan President who traveled to the UK on charter plane to address the Oxford Union is now displeased with the turn of events and is sitting it out at the luxury Dorchester Hotel in London, given the sudden cancellation of his address by the Union due to security reasons, Lanka News Web learns.
Prime Minister Urged to Speak Up After New Evidence of Sri Lankan War Crimes Revealed
The Australian Tamil Congress is calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to join her British counterpart in calling for an independent international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka after further evidence of war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Armed Forces against Tamil civilians surfaced yesterday.A report by British media Channel 4 discusses a five and a half minute video footage which allegedly shows Tamil civilians stripped naked, blindfolded with their hands bound before being executed by Sri Lankan Military personnel. There are women amongst the victims, and with the
WikiLeaks cables: 'Sri Lankan president responsible for massacre of Tamils' Tamil activists in Britain - where Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently visiting - are seeking an arrest warrant for alleged war crimes
Oxford Union cancels Sri Lankan president's talk as Tamil groups protest The Oxford Union has cancelled a talk by Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa citing security concerns over planned protests by Tamil groups who are trying to have him arrested for war crimes.
Statement issued by Mr Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President of SL
For security reasons the speech by His Excellency President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka at the Oxford Union, the home of free speech, has been cancelled. This is a decision that has been made unilaterally by the Oxford Union, reportedly as a result of pressure applied by pro-LTTE activists.
Statement from The Oxford Union on the visit of President Rajapaksa
Earlier this year, The Oxford Union invited the current President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda
Rajapaksa, to address our members at a date convenient to him. The Union has a policy of
inviting a broad range of prominent politicians and heads of state from around the world and
the invitation to Mr. Rajapaksa was made within the context of this policy.
Independent inquiry on war crimes is not going to materialise - Bahu
The General Secretary of the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) touring the United Kingdom says that an Independent inquiry on war crimes is not going to materialise. Comrade Vickramabahu Karunaratne was addressing meetings held on the 30th of November in Central London.
The organizer SLFP trade union affiliated to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Hemantha Kalutarage and a majority of the union members are trying to oust SLPA Chairman, Priyath Bandu Wickrema from his position.
“If I'm a rogue, then so are you” - Loophole website recommences operations
The website 'loopholes-loopholes.blogspot.com' has carried a hilariousort on the story published in Minister Wimal Weerawansa's website stating that Tiran Alles had stolen mneymoneym Fonseka. The website that was very popular some time back has recommenced operations and following is note published on Weerawansa.
Did senior LTTE leader Otina escape? Or was he made to disappear?
Although the defence establishment has said that powerful LTTE leader, Rajadurai Shashichandran alias Otina, who served in the Charles Anthony brigade had fled from the secret camp in Omanthai, Vavuniya on the 29th night, there are doubts if the statement was made after assassinating him, an opposition parliamentarian told Lanka News web.
Sujeewa and Harin reprimand Buddhika for spreading rumors about
Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana and Colombo District UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe has had a heated argument in the parliament lobby in front of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesighe. Eyewitnesses said that Buddhika and Sujeewa had shouted at each other in filth.