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Two more containers full of ‘miracle’

According to Customs sources officers are carrying out investigations regarding two containers suspected to be containing drugs. The two containers shipped from Pakistan have been detained in Colombo Port.

One of the two containers has been sent to a Colombo address. However, the address has been found to be a bogus one. The two containers were unloaded at Colombo Port on 27th August and 2nd September.

According to documents the containers contain potatoes and suspicion regarding the contents was roused when two persons came forward to buy the containers in an auction despite it has been revealed that the potatoes have got spoiled. Also, when there was an order to destroy the load in the port they had attempted to take it away.

258 kilograms of heroin was found in a container brought down from Pakistan on 30th August.

 

Governor of Northern Province campaigns for UPFA – CaFFE

The involvement in election propaganda by Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri is a violation of the establishment code, thus he should choose between public service and politics said Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE.)

Issuing a press release CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that he is surprised and saddened by Chandrasiri joining United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politicians for election propaganda activities.

The Executive Director of CaFFE states, “The role and responsibility of a Governor is detailed in article 154 (b) of the Sri Lankan Constitution. A Governor is appointed by the President and must carry out the duties assigned, thus his actions are executive actions. However by participating in election propaganda activities of a political party contesting for an area under his command, Chandrasiri has shown that he is not an independent person. It is of great importance that an individual holding an important and a honourable position acts in an impartial manner during an election period. This is doubly important for the Governor heading a Provincial Council in which there is an election as he is to convene the Provincial Council elected on September 21. Although a Governor can have apolitical opinion, it is not ethical for him to engage in politics, as he is, first and foremost, a public servant and not a slave of a political party.

By attending election propaganda activities Chandrasiri has shown his political bias. In the recent past Governor of the Northwestern Province Tissa R Balalla engaged in similar activities but he seems to have stopped such actions, at least temporarily, after continuous lobbying by election stakeholders.

While respecting Northern Province Governor’s right to political opinion, CaFFE reiterates that he should resign from his position if he wants to continue engaging in politics. If not he will have no moral right to continue as Governor after the September 21st Provincial Council elections.

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon,

Executive Director, CaFFE

Condemn proposed attacks on Syria by US led NATO & Zionists – JVP

The JVP, in a press release states it “condemns with hatred the US led NATO and Zionist alliance and urges the Progressive and Peace-loving people the world to build the anti-imperialist mass organizations and fight against imperialism, the enemy of the mankind.”

The JVP press release states the US is “redrawing the map of Arab World in favour of imperialism. It has trained and armed terrorists against Syria. Unlike in Libya terrorists in Syria fighting on behalf of US imperialism failed to bring down the Syrian regime. No country has taken seriously the allegation of US that Syrian regime has used poison gas to attack the terrorists.”

The press release of the JVP:

CONDEMN PROPOSED ATTACKS AGAINST SYRIA BY US LED NATO AND ZIONISTS

The ugly alliance of US led NATO and Zionism is threatening to attack Syria, not only Syria but the whole Arab world.

The US invaded Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction in 2003. No WMDs were found. But Iraq is almost destroyed. Pandora’s Box was opened. Millions of Iraqi citizens were killed and the country is divided into at least three pieces along ethnic lines. Iraq is now a killing field. Iraq’s oil fields are being controlled by Western Powers.

Then the war mongers invaded Libya to oust Gaddafi and restore democracy. Libya’s infrastructure was blown up and Libyan people are condemned to destitution. There too the oil revenues are being plundered by Imperialists.

The US strategy is clear. It is redrawing the map of Arab World in favour of imperialism. US has trained and armed terrorists against Syria. Unlike in Libya terrorists in Syria fighting on behalf of US imperialism failed to bring down the Syrian regime. No country has taken seriously the allegation of US that Syrian regime has used poison gas to attack the terrorists. Very few countries in the whole world seemed to be in agreement with the unilateral intervention of US in Syria. US blundered miserably in its foreign policy in the Middle East. US citizens themselves are increasingly voicing their opposition to Obama. US tax payers have to finance meaningless wars in many countries at this moment. They do not want to witness dead bodies of young US citizens being flown back to the country.

Iraq and Libya had no friends when those countries were attacked. However, Syria is not alone. The final phase of conquering Middle East will certainly not be easy for the US and its friends. Middle East analysts warn the US and its erstwhile friends that any attack on Syria will compel Syria’s friends in Iran and Lebanon and elsewhere to align themselves with Syria on the basis of self defense. Hence, an imminent threat against the mankind is emerging in the Middle East.

The JVP – People’s Liberation Front of Sri Lanka, condemns with hatred the US led NATO and Zionist alliance and urges the Progressive and Peace-loving people the world to build the anti-imperialist mass organizations and fight against imperialism, the enemy of the mankind.

Four more boys abused

When the case against the Deputy Mayor of UPFA ruled Nuwaraeliya Municipal Council Tissa Seneviratna, remanded on charges of sexually abusing a group of underage boys, was heard in Nuwaraeliya Magistrates Court yesterday (9th) the police officers of the National Child Protection Authority produced four more underage boys sexually abused by the suspect.

A 19 year old youth who had helped and supported the suspect for the act too was produced in court yesterday and it was revealed in court that the youth too had been abused by the Deputy Mayor.

The youth had obtained money for supplying boys for the suspect and also had taken the money given by the suspect to the boys.

The Magistrate ordered that the boys produced yesterday to be handed over to their parents and to get probationary reports regarding them.

The prosecution objected to giving bail to the suspect stating that many boys have been abused and the investigations have not been completed. The suspect was remanded till the 23rd.

 

‘Touchwood’ in the wild

Transactions of ‘Touchwood Investments’ that is engaged in forestation projects of various plants including teak and popularizing the projects using cricket players have been stopped from today (10th) by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the second time.

The Commission has decided to conduct a fully-pledged investigation into the activities of the company based on the findings of the preliminary inquiry conducted earlier.

The letter sent to the company by the commission states the company has a public holding of over 90% and the relevant investigation would be conducted on the facts found at the preliminary investigation and the allegations that have been aimed against the company.

Meanwhile, an advertisement published by F J & G De Saram states a petition filed by a customer from Rajagiriya would be heard on 3 October It also states “any creditor contributory” to the firm who may want to support or oppose the action could get a copy of the court petition and be present at the hearing. Interested parties could make submissions before 2 October.”

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