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All members of Prabhakaran’s family were involved in terrorism – SF

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By Saman Indrajith

Responding to a statement made by Selvarajah Gajendran in Parliament on Tuesday (6), MP Sudharshana Denipitiya, raising a point of order, requested that the statement referring to the Sri Lanka military as child murderers be taken off the Hansard.

The Speaker (SLFP MP Angajan Ramanathan was in the Speaker’s seat), however, noted that it was Gajendran’s opinion but said the matter would be inquired into and taken up with Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

SJB MP Sarath Fonseka said:

“Prabhakaran, a terrorist leader clad in a uniform issued orders to his men, his wife was heading the supplies division, his elder son was in the terror outfit, his daughter was a female officer in the terror outfit and even his youngest son was a commanding officer of the LTTE baby brigade. Hence, don’t think that there were any innocent members of Prabhakaran’s family.

“I would like to point out that Prabhakaran’s family had been destroyed and we only found the bodies of Prabhakaran and his elder son. However, KP later asked how Prabhakaran’s wife, daughter and youngest son had died.

“We, too, saw the photograph of Prabhakaran’s youngest son inside a bunker covered in a sarong similar to the ones worn by Tamils. Had he been in our custody we would not allow him to be covered in a sarong, we would dress him in a pair of trousers and a shirt. In addition, a uniformed man is seen standing next to him, dressed in a camouflage kit similar to that worn by members of the Indian Army. In fact, only the LTTE terrorists wore such uniforms. Therefore, I urge you not to make false allegations against the military.”



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President orders probe into notification issued by Department of Immigration and Emigration

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It has been reported that President Wickremesinghe ordered an investigation into the notification issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration requesting all  Russian and Ukrainian tourists to leave the country within 14 days.

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the relevant notification was issued without prior approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.

The decision had reportedly been taken as certain foreign tourists are running illegal businesses in the country.

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Contentious Chinese research vessel docks in Maldives

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Xiang Yang Hong 03 has previously visited Indian Ocean on several other occasions

A contentious Chinese research ship reached the Maldives on Thursday in the latest sign of the archipelago’s diplomatic reorientation towards Beijing and away from its traditional benefactor India.

Local residents said they had spotted China’s Xiang Yang Hong 3 at the Thilafushi industrial port near the capital Male.The 100-metre-long (328-foot) vessel was at an anchorage near Male on Thursday evening, according to the website Marinetraffic.

The Maldives’ pro-Beijing government said earlier the vessel was docking for a port call to rotate crew and take on supplies, on the condition that it would not conduct “research” while in its territorial waters.

Media reports in India had suggested that the vessel was conducting surveillance for Beijing.

India is suspicious of China’s increasing presence in the Indian Ocean and its influence in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, which are strategically placed halfway along key east-west international shipping routes.Relations between Male and New Delhi have chilled since pro-China President Mohamed Muizzu won elections last year.

Muizzu has asked India to withdraw 89 security personnel based in the Maldives to operate reconnaissance aircraft by March 15.But the president has also insisted he does not want to upend ties with New Delhi by replacing Indian troops with Chinese forces.

Sri Lanka refused entry to Xiang Yang Hong 3 after two other port calls from Chinese vessels since 2022 raised objections from India.That included the ship Yuan Wang 5, which specializes in spacecraft tracking and which New Delhi described as a spy ship. (AFP)

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MP Harsha in Australia as “Special visitor”

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Opposition MP and Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) Harsha de Silva is currently in Australia as a special visitor.

Taking to ‘X’, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP said he had embarked on a nine-day visit on an invitation extended by the Government of Australia.

“My engagements with policymakers, academics, scientists and investment managers began in Melbourne and will continue in Adelaide and then public officials and politicians in Canberra,” he added.

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