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Those who commemorate terrorists should be given maximum punishment : Terrorism expert Dr.Rohan Gunaratna

Colombo, September 16 (newsin.asia): Dr.Rohan Gunaratna, an international expert on terrorism who is now Honorary Professor at the Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Sri Lanka, has called for the arrest and trial of pro-LTTE Tamil leader and former MP, M.K.Shivajilingam and others who glorify terrorists.

September 16, 2020


Yasmin Sooka: Programmed to ‘believe’ or victim of a ‘truth’ factory?

I shall give Yasmin Sooka the benefit of the doubt. I’ll get to that presently. The back story is as follows:

September 10, 2020


To hide embarrassment to comrade Sooka/ITJPSL, LTTE diaspora campaigns against Sri Lanka’s Defense Attache in UK

September 07, 2020


Protecting Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb’s silver coin ship

In 2008, I was the Commander Southern Naval Area. It was my first appointment as an Area Commander. In May 2008, I received an email from an unknown foreigner to my official email account. The sender was a Dutch National who had travelled to Sri Lanka in month the of April 2008.

 

August 29, 2020


Remembering a father figure who moulded us

Fifteen years ago, I was commanding SLNS Sauyra, the flagship of the Sri Lanka Navy, stationed at the Colombo Port. I had just returned from India after finishing my tenure as Defence Adviser at our High Commission in New Delhi. Our task was to sail into deep sea towards the equator in search of LTTE arms smuggling ships. We used to patrol for 21 days at a stretch and be in the harbour for 10 days for our much deserved break.

August 19, 2020


UK Court finds British Tamil Forum guilty of sexual abuse, discrimination and victimization

On 22 February 2019, the British Tamil Forum (BTF) issued a statement regarding the court ruling that found BTF guilty of sexual harassment & demanding the LTTE front pay compensation to the victim. The amount sterling pounds 70,000 was tuppence considering the Janes Intelligence Military magazine claiming LTTE annual profits to be $300million.

August 12, 2020


Navy’s peacetime war against insidious killer

If someone asked me what the senior appointment I really loved most was, my answer would be Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy (Second-in-Command of the Navy) - CoS.

August 10, 2020


Sri Lanka Post-Election 2020: What are the People’s Demands & Aspirations

JR, if alive, would be a very happy man. His constitution after 42 years saw a single party win a majority without going on bended knee to minority kingmakers.

August 07, 2020


Let’s wish Yasmin Sooka truth and justice (for a change)

Some years ago, the then Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon appointed ‘a panel of experts’ to advise him on Sri Lanka’s three-decades long battle to rid the island of terrorism. The panel was led by a man called Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia. The others in the panel were Steve R Ratner, a professor of law and Yasmin Sooka, a South African high court judge.   

July 31, 2020


Attempts to revamp LTTE futile under GR government: KP

The now-defunct LTTE’s arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan, known as ‘KP’, has urged the Tamil diaspora to be cautious about raising and donating funds to disrupt normalcy in Sri Lanka or revamp the LTTE, because such causes would be futile under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Government.

July 30, 2020