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Poetic justice for Lasantha, now on the hands of people

(NIDAHASA News) Hundreds of journalists and activists gathered to Colombo last evening (06) to mark the sixth death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was killed in broad day light in a Colombo’s high security zone.

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(NIDAHASA News) Hundreds of journalists and activists gathered to Colombo last evening (06) to mark the sixth death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was killed in broad day light in a Colombo’s high security zone.

The fearless journalist who had been highly critical of government was killed on 8th January 2009. Now, six years later, President Rajapaksa have opted to run for a third presidential term on the same day; a day, according to Lasantha’s daughter Ahimsa, that might deliver the “poetic justice” for the regime which has been accused for the killing of her father.

“I think it’s really time for a change and nine years of what we have been through is enough. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of people calling for change,” Ahimsa Wickrematunge wrote to Colombo Telegraph website.

“The president of this country, called me several times to tell that General Sarath Fonseka is the one who is responsible for my bothers killing,” Lasantha’s brother Lal told the gathering.

“If president himself knows who the killer is, why doesn’t he tell it to the court?” Lal questioned.

Wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Eknaligida, Sandya said that the current chief justice of this country seems to got a problem in his memory.

“Once he told that Prageeth is in hideout to discredit the government,” said Sandya. “But when questioned in the court, he told ‘only god knows’ the whereabouts of my husband.”

Sandya Eknaligida told that it is time for President Rajapaksa to go home as he has failed to deliver the justice.

Sri Lanka has been indexed as one of worst places for journalists, by media right watchdogs. According CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index which ranks countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free, Sri Lanka ranked fourth.

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President orders investigations into Daham’s nightclub scandal

(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

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(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

A group allegedly led by Sirisena’s son Daham attacked Clique nightclub at Town Hall, Colombo last Friday (07), allegedly after they were denied entry to the nightclub around 2.00 am. A security guard was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the attack with head injuries.
However, speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror web site, police denied any connection of President’s son to the incident.
“He had arrived there around 7.00 pm, and it was a long time later that the clash took place,” Sri Lanka Mirror quoted the police.
In 2013, during the time his father was a minister, Daham Sirisena was accused of attacking a youth at Passikudah beach.

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Severe weather: over 200 families missing

(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

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(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

“16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued,” said military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

“The task is to figure out what happened to them,” the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported over 350,000 people were affected by floods and landslides caused by massive rains.

Meanwhile warning has been issued to several suburbs areas of capital Colombo due to the increasing water level or Kelani river. People living in Wellampitiya, Megoda Kolonnawa, Sedawatte, Kohilawatte and surrounding areas have been asked to move to a safe place.

The depression, named BOB 01 is currently moving towards South India; however rain will continue for several areas in Sri Lanka until the end of this week, weather specialists say.

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Sri Lanka's firebrand Buddhist monk arrested

(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

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(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

The General Secretary of extreme Buddhist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrendered to the court this morning (26) after magistrate ordered police to arrest the for alleged contempt of court. He was accused of making an argument with the judge during the court hearing of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's habeas corpus.

Gnanasara has alleged that arresting the Army officers over Ekneligoda's disappearance was illegal and the prosecution should be arrested for “illegal arrests” of military officers. The counsel representing the missing journalist's family informed the court that the monk has also threatened the journalist's wife Sandhya.

Protesters, including a group of monks attempted to enter the court premises challenging the court's order to arrest their General Secretary and tried to block the prison vehicle. Police however managed to take Gnanasara to the remand prison with the support of extra police team.

Gnanasara and his BBS had been accused of inflaming religious tension between Majority Buddhists and Muslims. They were also accused of being a cat's paw of previous Rajapaksa regime. However BBS denied any secret relationship with Rajapaksa brothers.

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