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Sripathi killed in accident

sooriyarachchiSripathi Sooriyaarachchi, former Sri Lankan Port Development Minister and Chief Co-ordinator of Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) Mahajana faction, a splinter group of SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLFP, was killed Saturday at 1:40 p.m. when his vehicle met with an accident at Madegama on Anuradhapura Galgamuwa road, Police said.

Mr. Sooriyaarachchi, a former naval officer turned lawyer and a close associate of former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga, has been a key player in challenging Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

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February 9, 2008 Posted by | News, Press Release | 2 Comments

Sri Lanka among the most dangerous countries for visitors

It was only recently five major countries, including UK, warned against travel to Srisrilanka Lanka and described latter as among the most dangerous countries for visitors. This News shook the whole SL tourist Industry which is already tottering on the brink of collapse to near death!

Now, UK has made special mention and held out a stronger warning to its travelers following the latest bomb attacks in the Capital city, Colombo. This is an unusually dire warning as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) generally does not express such strong insistence in its warnings.

There is a high and an ever increasing trend in terrorist violence in Colombo and the whole country, it added.

February 8, 2008 Posted by | News, Press Release | Leave a comment

Criminal Investigations Need Monitoring

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ASIA/SRI LANKA: UN human rights monitoring urgently needed to resuscitate criminal investigations

The Asian Human Rights Commission strongly supports the call for a human rights monitoring mission by the United Nations as a measure to resuscitate the severely damaged criminal investigation capacity of the Sri Lankan policing system.

The state, as the sovereign, owes an obligation to investigate into all crimes irrespective as to whether these are done by organised criminal gangs, terrorists or state agencies themselves. This obligation implies that there needs to be a competent and impartial criminal investigation branch within the policing system which has not been corrupted or impaired by political interference. There is consensus within Sri Lanka that the capacity of the police investigation system has been gravely diminished due to political interference over several years and that its internal capacity for investigations has become extremely limited. When it comes to organised crimes, acts of terrorists and also extrajudicial acts of the military and the police, the police investigation system has not demonstrated any capacity for effective investigations in recent years.

The inability to ensure effective criminal investigations is a fundamental failure of the state in ensuring security to its people. This situation needs to be cured immediately. A United Nations human rights monitoring body can assist the revival of this system and without such assistance there is no predictable way of how such a revival might happen.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reiterated her call for human rights monitoring in her statement to the Human Rights Council on December 10th 2007.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Press Release | Leave a comment

Thamilchelvan killed in SLAF air attack

thamilchelvan_frontTamilNet – S.P. Thamilchelvan, Liberation Tigers Political Head was killed in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aerial bombardment Friday morning in Ki’linochchi. The Head Quarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) in a press communique said it was conveying the loss of Brigadier Thamilchelvan with profound sadness to the people of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil diaspora and the Global Community. The Sri Lanka Air Force attack has specifically targeted the residence of the members of the Political Division.

The Secretary General at the Head Quarters of the LTTE, S. Cheeran said the LTTE Political Head was killed in the SLAF bombardment that took place at 6:00 a.m. Friday along with Lt. Col. Anpumani (Alex), Major Mikuthan, Major Neathaji, Lt. Aadchiveal and Lt. Vaakaikkumaran.

The LTTE has conferred its highest military rank, Brigadier, to Mr. Thamilchelvan.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | International News, News and politics, Press Release, South Asia, World News | 2 Comments

Who will be the ‘Sirasa Super Star’ 2007 – grand finale tomorrow…..

Pradeep Rangana Abeysinghe, one of the two finalists in the grand finale tomorrow at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Hailing from Ratnapura, Pradeep, a medical student has come a long way in the contest. He entered the contest with the blessings of his fellow medical students at the Karapitiya Medical Faculty.

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Surendra Pereraa, talented singer, mostly bring backs the nostalgic memories of the legend, H.R. Jothipala when on stage. But, he could sing any song offered to him. Surendra does not believe in copying voices. He has his own style of entertaining crowds. From day one in the ‘Super Star’ contest, Surendra progressed successfully to enter the grand final tomorrow at the Sugathadasa Stadium. He has also won many marks and valuable comments from the Panel in this contest. Once music Maestro Premasiri Khemadasa and Prof. Carlo Fonseka reamarked that another Jothipala seemed to have born after they heard Surendra on stage.

The Songs selected to sing, brings back sad memories of Surendra’s love life, where he lost his first love, the girl had later died of a terminal illness. A down to earth man, Surendra Perera is ready for the final judgement of the people tomorrow. He is the only son in the family with two elder sisters. He lost his father a few years ago. He is the mother’s son.

We wish Surendra and Pradeep all success at the final tomorrow.

October 26, 2007 Posted by | International News, Press Release, South Asia, World News | 16 Comments