German NGO interrogated by SL police

Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has interrogated members of the German NGO the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, for allegedly working beyond its legal mandate. The NGO, which has been working on the island since 1974, has had their local representative Sagarika Delgoda interrogated by CID. According to ColomboPage, “The state-run ITN accused Ms. Delgoda of being engaged in a conspiracy for several years to overthrow the present government and set up a UNP government loyal to the West and the Tamil Diaspora.” See the full report from ColomboPage here .

Sri Lanka concerned over US MoU with Trincomalee urban council

The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over a recent Memorandum of understanding, signed between the US Embassy in Colombo and the Trincomalee Urban Council, to establish an ‘American Corner’, a public information centre. Unnamed officials said the External Affairs Ministry had no knowledge of this and did not authorise the MoU, reported the DailyMirror . Two American corners already exist in Jaffna and Kandy. According to a fact sheet of the US embassy, “The host institution, the Urban Council, plans to provide support for the maintenance and operation of the Corner. The American...

JHU to incite the masses against the 13th Amendment

A party in coalition with Sri Lanka’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU,) announced today, that steps would be taken to mobilise the public in calls to abolish the 13 th Amendment of the constitution. JHU parliamentarian, Ven. Athuraliye Ratana, stressed that the public must urge the government to change its stance on the 13 th Amendment. The JHU are also set to propose a motion, ‘the 19 th Amendment’, that disbands the provincial council system .

Commonwealth Business Council looks to increase investment in SL

The Director General of the Commonwealth Business Council, Mr Peter Callaghan, met Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs, G.L Peiris, for discussions relating to the arrangements for the Business Forum, a side-line event that will be held at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Ministry of External Affairs has claimed that the Commonwealth Business Council in London is collaborating actively with the Minister of External Affairs to enhance the inflow of investment into Sri Lanka, as a result of the Business Forum. The latest Commonwealth initiative, comes amidst strong...

Sri Lanka announces Commonwealth propaganda initiative

Amidst discontent over Sri Lanka's hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of G o vernment Meeting (CHOGM), Sri lanka will launch a campaign to ‘promote’ the Colombo a head of the meetin g. A multifaceted initiative was announced, with Media Ministry Secretary, Charitha Herath, given leadership of a publicity team in Sri Lanka, whilst Sri Lankan High Commission missions overseas were instructed to launch individual campaigns. Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that members of the government will also attend a meeting to be held at the Commonwealth...

Mervyn Silva, the agony aunt

Sri Lanka's Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister, Mervyn Silva, has decided to launch a hotline for public complaints, reports Colombo Page . The hotline would allow the user to choose their language of choice, out of Sinhala, Tamil and English. Previous examples of Silva's exemplary initiatives include telling human rights activists that he will break their limbs in public , warning Americans they would "die like dogs as Prabhakaran did" if they came to Sri Lanka , and warning India not to wake the sleeping lion .

JHU reveal 19th Amendment proposal

A ruling government coalition party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), have submitted a motion proposing a 19th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, earlier on Thursday. The proposal “aims primarily to repeal the 13th amendment”, which was labelled in the motion as a “threat to the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka”. The JHU, led by Sinhala Buddhist monks, went on to deem the 13th amendment “unconstitutional and unlawful”, adding to the chorus of Sinhala voices against it. The group also added that a Tamil translation would be availabke, but noted...

Gotabhaya warns of ‘grave repercussions’ if TNA wins NPC elections

Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse has warned the government of the consequences in case the TNA wins the Northern Provincial Council polls, due to be held later this year. "As the Secretary, Ministry of Defence, my responsibility is to warn the government of the grave repercussions of empowering a hostile provincial administration with land and police powers. Police powers in the hands of those still pursuing a separatist agenda can pose a severe threat to national security,” the president’s brother said, according to The Island . "Having paid a heavy price in the battlefield to eradicate...

Govt confirms Northern PC elections in Sept

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections would be held in September, confirmed the Cabinet spokesperson and Minister for Petroleum Industries Anura Priyadharshana Yapa. “I can assure you that the government has not taken a decision to make any changes to the existing legislative procedure in respect of Provincial Councils. President Rajapaksa has clearly stated that the elections to the Northern PC would be held in September and therefore the status quo remains" Responding to Champika Ranawaka's call to abolish the 13th Amendment, Yapa said any constitutional changes would only be...

TNA MP questioned over May 18 memorial event

Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department has questioned the Tamil National Alliance MP for Vanni, Sivasakthi Anandan, over Saturday’s memorial event in Vavuniya. Anandan said he was questioned as to why he organised the commemoration event when he reported to the CID office in Colombo, accompanied by fellow MPs MA Sumanthiran and Suresh Premachandran, BBC Sinhala reported.