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    India says Sri Lanka is committed to 13A

    Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to implementing the 13th amendment in its constitution, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said today. Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Sri Lanka has assured and re-assured it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th amendment. “Our stand is that whatever decision has been taken by Sri Lanka for its people should be implemented. We have been assured by Sri Lanka that they are committed to implement the 13th amendment,” Indian Ministry of External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in New Delhi today. The 13th amendment to Sri Lankan constitution sought to set up provincial councils with specified…

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    Ex-Indian Minister Says Arrest Of Sri Lankan Shows Failure Of Intel Agencies

    The arrest of a Sri Lankan national in Chennai for allegedly spying for Pakistan pointed to the ‘failure’ of the central and state intelligence agencies, former Union minister GK Vasan said on today, Indian media has reported. He has also stressed that the intelligence agencies should coordinate with Coast Guard and police for effective vigil. On September 10, a Sri Lankan national Arun Selvarajan was arrested in Chennai by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the charge of spying on behalf of Pakistan. GK Vasan was the Union Minister of Shipping in the United Progressive Alliance government and is a Congress Party member of Tamil Nadu. He opted out of the Lok Sabha Elections this year.

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    Our Efforts Are In The Name Of Sincere Citizens – Fr S. J. Emmanuel

    The head of the Global Tamil Forum, Fr S.J, Emmanuel feels the diaspora are doing good for the country by raising the human rights issue with the international community. Excerpts of the interview Q: The government is now bringing in a witness protection bill. In your view will this give Tamils in Sri Lanka confidence in the system? A: That the SLG has no good will to execute even the existing laws of protection and that it employs the state-forces in uniform as well as civil-clad informants and even monks to take the law into their own hands is clear as crystal not only to the Tamils and Muslims but also to the enlightened Sinhalese….

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    Tamil Leadership Can’t Express Their Political Aspirations Fully – Visvanathan Rudrakumaran

    The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a Tamil diaspora group active in the United States, feels the international community, particularly foreign leaders visiting Sri Lanka, are using ‘code words’ through the messages being communicated to the Sri Lankan government. TGTE leader Visvanathan Rudrakumaran speaks to The Sunday Leader. Excerpts of the interview: Q: In the attempt to ensure the protection of witnesses, the Government has introduced a witness protection bill. Isn’t this a step in the right direction? A: Protection and punishment provisions in the draft bill are somewhat adequate on paper. The problem in Sri Lanka is not the absence of legislation, but the culture of impunity and the racist environment. Sri Lanka…

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    Three Lankans arrested over Italy clash

    Police in San Giovanni la Punta, in the Province of Catania in the Italian region of Sicily, have arrested three Sri Lankans over a brawl which took place last night. The Italian media reported that a 36-year old, a 30 year old and a 24 year old, all originating from Sri Lanka, were arrested over the brawl. According to media reports, a clash had erupted following a heated argument involving the three Sri Lankan men. The heated argument eventually turned into a brawl and a passer-by had then telephoned the police. Two police units were sent to the location and the three Sri Lankans were arrested. Italian media reported that two of the men were…

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India says Sri Lanka is committed to 13A

Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to implementing the 13th amendment in its constitution, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said today. Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Sri Lanka has assured and re-assured it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th amendment. “Our stand is that whatever decision has been taken by Sri Lanka for its people should be implemented. We have been assured by Sri Lanka that they are committed to implement the 13th amendment,” Indian Ministry of External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in New Delhi today. The 13th amendment to Sri Lankan constitution sought to set up provincial councils with specified…

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Ex-Indian Minister Says Arrest Of Sri Lankan Shows Failure Of Intel Agencies

The arrest of a Sri Lankan national in Chennai for allegedly spying for Pakistan pointed to the ‘failure’ of the central and state intelligence agencies, former Union minister GK Vasan said on today, Indian media has reported. He has also stressed that the intelligence agencies should coordinate with Coast Guard and police for effective vigil. On September 10, a Sri Lankan national Arun Selvarajan was arrested in Chennai by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the charge of spying on behalf of Pakistan. GK Vasan was the Union Minister of Shipping in the United Progressive Alliance government and is a Congress Party member of Tamil Nadu. He opted out of the Lok Sabha Elections this year.

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Our Efforts Are In The Name Of Sincere Citizens – Fr S. J. Emmanuel

The head of the Global Tamil Forum, Fr S.J, Emmanuel feels the diaspora are doing good for the country by raising the human rights issue with the international community. Excerpts of the interview Q: The government is now bringing in a witness protection bill. In your view will this give Tamils in Sri Lanka confidence in the system? A: That the SLG has no good will to execute even the existing laws of protection and that it employs the state-forces in uniform as well as civil-clad informants and even monks to take the law into their own hands is clear as crystal not only to the Tamils and Muslims but also to the enlightened Sinhalese….

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Tamil Leadership Can’t Express Their Political Aspirations Fully – Visvanathan Rudrakumaran

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a Tamil diaspora group active in the United States, feels the international community, particularly foreign leaders visiting Sri Lanka, are using ‘code words’ through the messages being communicated to the Sri Lankan government. TGTE leader Visvanathan Rudrakumaran speaks to The Sunday Leader. Excerpts of the interview: Q: In the attempt to ensure the protection of witnesses, the Government has introduced a witness protection bill. Isn’t this a step in the right direction? A: Protection and punishment provisions in the draft bill are somewhat adequate on paper. The problem in Sri Lanka is not the absence of legislation, but the culture of impunity and the racist environment. Sri Lanka…

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Three Lankans arrested over Italy clash

Police in San Giovanni la Punta, in the Province of Catania in the Italian region of Sicily, have arrested three Sri Lankans over a brawl which took place last night. The Italian media reported that a 36-year old, a 30 year old and a 24 year old, all originating from Sri Lanka, were arrested over the brawl. According to media reports, a clash had erupted following a heated argument involving the three Sri Lankan men. The heated argument eventually turned into a brawl and a passer-by had then telephoned the police. Two police units were sent to the location and the three Sri Lankans were arrested. Italian media reported that two of the men were…

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PAFFREL files motion on drought relief

The election monitoring group, Peoples Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), filed a motion at the Supreme Court today over the drought relief program of the Government in the Monaragala District, ahead of the Uva elections. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachi said that the motion did not disrespect the Supreme Court ruling already given over the drought relief program and the right of the Government to assist the affected people. However he said the motion notes that the drought relief program targets people in a part of Monaragala when several other areas have also been affected by the drought. PAFFREL also notes that the drought relief program is being carried out by officials from…

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SL denies ill-treating Nigerian family

Officials at the Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka denied claims that a Nigerian family had been ill treated at the Bandaranaike International Airport recently. It was reported in a local media that a Nigerian family was ill treated at the airport while being quarantined for the Ebola Virus Disease. Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs of Nigeria Abike Dabiri-Erewa was quoted as saying that family members were quarantined in the airport lobby for approximately 18 hours with no access to food or water. “Not even toilet facilities were granted causing the children present to answer the call of nature in that state and the family ultimately deported after the prolonged…

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Arnold meets Jayalalitha in Chennai

Hollywood actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Monday. The Terminator actor, who was in Chennai in connection with the audio launch of a Tamil movie, met Jayalalithaa at the state secretariat in the afternoon. The meeting lasted for 20 minutes. Sources said Schwarzenegger, who had heard about Jayalalithaa, wanted to meet the chief minister, and his team had sent a request to the chief minister’s office several days ago. After the meeting, Schwarzenegger obliged to the waiting cameramen and posed for pictures. However, he didn’t speak to reporters and left for the audio launch of the Vikram-starrer “I”. The details of his conversation with…

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Chinese loans will bleed country dry: Harsha

Speaking to Dailymirror ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and leading economist Harsha de Silva revealed that the Government was poised to sign loan agreements –amounting to a staggering US$1.258 billion (or Rs.164 billion) at a high interest rate — with China during its President’s visit. Dr. De Silva highlighted the fact that with our external debt already at a high level, the new loan agreements will place Sri Lanka on the fast-track to disaster. Can you give a background about loans and borrowing trends in Sri Lanka? Firstly, what is really important is for us to find out why we are taking loans and where…

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Man caught on CCTV camera ‘molesting unaware shoppers’

The accused, identified as S.D., is accused of molesting a man and a woman while they were checking items at the shop. A Sri Lankan man was arrested after a CCTV footage reportedly showed him molesting unaware customers of a shop in Al Rafaa, a Dubai court heard on Sunday. The 29-year-old vendor was apprehended on May 30 after the shopkeeper reported him to the police. The accused, identified as S.D., is accused of molesting a man and a woman while they were checking items at the shop. He was charged with molestation in the Court of First Instance. The Indian shopkeeper, 22, said the accused was a regular customer. “A customer complained that the…

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Panic after Lankan arrest says DMK

India’s DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said the recent arrest of ISI spies who were said to be Sri Lankan nationals, and their activities in Tamil Nadu has created panic among people. Referring to the arrest of alleged ISI spy Arun Selvarjan last week by the National Investigation Agency, he said it was not the first time ‘such terrorists’ had been apprehended during the AIADMK rule, the Press Trust of India reported. He recalled that while one Thameem Ansari was arrested last year from Tiruchirappalli on espionage charges, another operative, Zakir Hussain, was nabbed here along with three of his accomplices early this year. All of them had worked at the behest of a Pakistani…

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Pakistan hiring Sri Lankan Muslims as spies spooks intelligence agencies

The arrest of a third Sri Lankan spying on India on behalf of Pakistan in less than 10 months has got intelligence agencies to train their focus back on growing radicalization among Tamil-speaking Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka where Pakistan has been fishing for a long time. Although the latest Pakistani spy in the Indian net, Arun Selvarajan, is a Colombo-based Tamil Hindu, two others arrested since April are Tamil-speaking Muslims belonging to eastern Sri Lanka. READ ALSO: NIA arrests Lankan for spying on behalf of ISI In April, Intelligence Bureau arrested Sri Lankan national Sakir Hussain in Chennai who revealed a Pakistani conspiracy to attack US and Israeli consulates in Chennai with help from…

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Two Lankans drown in the Emirates

Two Sri Lankan men drowned in Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while they were swimming at separate locations, the Emirates 24/7 website quoted a newspaper as reporting today. A 23-year-old Sri Lankan was swimming with friends at a hotel pool around midnight on Friday before they left him and went to their rooms. His body was found floating in the water in the morning after he drowned late at night in the absence of pool rescuers. Another 20-year-old Sri Lankan drowned on Friday evening while he was swimming at a beach in Umm Al Quwain. He was rushed to hospital in a serious condition but died on arrival.

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Tamil Nadu Fishermen Say SL Navy Attacked Them

Fishermen association representatives in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, accuse Sri Lanka Navy personnel of allegedly attacking Indian fishing boats and damaging more than 100 nets near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the early hours on Sunday, Fishermen had to return empty-handed this morning as the Sri Lankan Navy had deployed its vessels, inside Indian waters and refused to allow them even near the IMBL, Fishermen’s Association president T. Sesuraja and Secretary S. Emiret alleged. The Naval personnel allegedly attacked the boats and snapped more than 100 fishing nets around 2 a.m. The fishermen are demanding that the government should either provide protection or find other employment for them. Fisheries department officials in India have…

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Controversial Proposal To Be Presented To UNP Working Committee Next Week

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has said the proposal to appoint Hambanthota District Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa will be presented to the Working Committee of the party on September 23, just three days after the Uva Provincial Council election. However, the party has not yet arrived at a final decision on conditions put forward by Premadasa – namely the abolition of the Leadership Council, 10 working committee slots for Premadasa’s nominees and handing over administrative powers of the UNP headquarters ‘Sirikotha’. Preamadasa’s conditions have come under severe criticism from seniors of the party on the grounds that they are “unjust” and “unfair”. However, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake remains a strong supporter of Preamadasa. It is…

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Voting for BJP will not benefit TN-Jaya

Charging BJP with adopting ‘double-standards’ on the fishermen issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today said voting for the national party will not benefit the people of her state. Campaigning for her party’s Tuticorin Mayor candidate for the September 18 bypolls, Jayalalithaa said besides her party, a ‘national party’ (BJP) and some independents alone were in the fray. She said voting for the national party in the civic polls will be of no use since they have different leadership at the Central and state levels. So are the stands on issues, she said, campaigning for AIADMK candidate APR Anthony Gracy. Tuticorin has a large fishermen population, Jayalalithaa said while raising the issue of repeated arrests…

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President didn’t seek SC opinion – Presidential spokesman

Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake yesterday refuted reports claiming that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has referred the matter of his eligibility to contest the forthcoming Presidential Election to the Supreme Court. Former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva had earlier brought forth a legal argument questioning the eligibility of the President to contest the next presidential election. “President Rajapaksa was elected to the second term on January 27, 2010. On that day, he became ineligible for a third term”, Sarath N Silva had said in a recent interview with BBC Sandeshaya. However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term began on November 19, 2010. The 18th Amendment removed the restriction on the number of presidential terms. It was passed in…

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Non-violent Campaign To Merge North & East – M. A. Sumanthiran

According to Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in the democratic aspirations of Tamil people, they have come to a point to find a legitimate solution within a united, undivided country – which will enable Tamils to live with self-respect and dignity while being part of political decision making and enjoying other rights as much as the majority community. For this process, the ITAK, one of the alliance members of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) brought up several resolutions during the recent Convention of the party. Speaking to The Sunday Leader TNA MP and ITAK Member M. A. Sumanthiran said the need to merge North and East is recognised in Indo-Lanka Accord and they would launch a…

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Experts In First Formal Talks

The Presidential Commission for Missing Persons is to hold official discussions for the first time with the foreign experts appointed to the Commission by the end of this week. The Commissioner of the Presidential Commission for Missing Persons Maxwell Paranagama told The Sunday Leader that the Commission will meet Sir Desmond de Silva, the Chairman of the three member panel of foreign experts appointed to the Commission, by the end of this week to initiate discussions on the investigations. He further said that the Commission has also invited the foreign experts to the next public sittings to be conducted from 27th to 30th this month in the Killinochchi District. “We initially invited the foreign experts…

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Indian Coast Guard Apprehends Sri Lankan Fishing Boat And Crew

Indian Coast Guard on Saturday apprehended two Sri Lankan boats and 10 crew members for their alleged illegal fishing in Indian waters, Indian media reported. The boat was apprehended after a coordinated patrol involving a Coast Guard ship and an air craft about 70 nautical miles off north east of Chennai, media has reported, citing a Coast Guard press release. “The Sri Lankan fishing boats had 4,200kg of tuna fish illegally caught from the Indian exclusive economic zone,” the release said. The Coast Guard is maintaining constant vigil on the eastern seaboard with the deployment of ships and aircraft regularly to ‘monitor suspicious activities’ at sea, the media release also said. Assistance was also provided…

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