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Proceedings on Sri Lanka debate in the Lords Chamber held on 12 October 2017
Published Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
Proceedings on Sri Lanka debate in the Lords Chamber held on 12 October 2017 Question for Short Debate Asked by • Lord Naseby To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the coalition government of Sri Lanka in meeting the requirements on reconciliation established by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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LTTE cadres committed serious crimes will not be released
Published Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardena says that imprisoned LTTE cadres who have committed serious crimes will not be released despite staging Harthals. He said that some Northern Politicians are issuing various statements to media to get narrow political gains. The state Minister said this during a function in Delgoda.Minister Ruwan Wijewardena said that
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People affected by Uma Oya project could face landslide threats with onset of rain
Published Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
The Disaster Mangement centre (DMC) and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) are closely monitoring landslide prone areas in 40 GramaNiladhari divisions in Bandarawela, Divisional Secretary Nihal Gunaratne said. He said they were also monitoring areas where cracks had occurred due to the Uma Oya Multi purpose project.
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Delay LG Elections Amendment gazette – Mano
Published Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
Minister Mano Ganesan has requested the government to refrain from issuing the gazette notification pertaining to the Local Government Elections Amendment Act until the issues surrounding the Ambagamuwa and Nuwara-Eliya Pradeshiya Sabha is addressed. The Minister speaking at a function said more than 200,000 votes existed within the two
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India, Sri Lanka agree to find permanent solution to fishermen issue
Published Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue existing between the two countries. The two sides held ministerial-level talks on the fishermen issue in New Delhi and agreed that a permanent solution to the fishermen issues should be found at the earliest.
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Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu
Published Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
Two years after the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 30/1 and six months after it renewed its commitments in HRC Resolution 34/1, the Sri Lankan government has continued to fail to fulfil its pledges to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. A key commitment made in the HRC resolutions and a critical component of the conversation around transitional justice is meaningful security sector reform. Despite calls by numerous international bodies and repeated calls by Tamil politicians and communities, the
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India eyes airport in Sri Lanka, near Chinese Belt and Road outpost
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the Hambantota area, where China has built a seaport and is in
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Harthal in Jaffna
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Shops in the Northern Province have decided to close their business establishments today (October 13) as a mark of protest demanding the release of Tamil political prisoners. It also aimed at drawing attention of President Maithiripala Sirisena’s visit to Jaffna Jaffna tomorrow. The Harthal was organised by the joint co-operation by a number of Tamil political parties and civil organizations in North.
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Two-faced Rajapaksa sibling
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
There may be no elections for local government institutions or provincial councils this year but that hasn’t deterred the major political parties from getting into elections gear in anticipation of these polls being held early next year. The two partners in the National Unity government, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) find themselves in an unusual and unprecedented situation. They are allies in the government, but they will be competing for votes with each other at the elections.
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Fear of the words, ‘UNITARY’ and ‘FEDERAL’
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
The (Draft) Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly cites a statement made by President Sirisena during the Resolution to set up the Constitutional Assembly regarding Article 1 and 2 of the present Constitution which states: "… that whilst people in the south are fearful of the word "federal", the people in the north are fearful of the word "unitary". The report then attempts to define the English term "Unitary State" and
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Sri Lankan Diaspora in Australia weighs in on Constitutional Reforms
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
With the release of the Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka on September 21, the debate over constitutional reforms has begun earnestly. We welcome the Interim Report and recognise the positive contribution it makes for the purpose of developing an inclusive and harmonious Sri Lanka. This is a great opportunity to develop a constructive dialogue among the stakeholders, both local and
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Constitutional making process: Wimal urges President to prevent division of country on ethnic lines
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
A delegation of National Freedom Front (NFF) led by its parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to halt the ongoing constitutional making process leading to the division of post-war Sri Lanka on ethnic lines. The NFF consists of five MPs elected on the UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary polls in Aug. 2015.
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Opposition leader writes to President on transfer of PTA cases
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to release the Tamil prisoners detained under Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act for years as government pledged locally and international community to repeal it with an alternative law. He said that there is an unnecessary complication has been created by the transfer of some
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UNHRC Resolution 30/1 Implications for Sri Lanka Posted on October 12th, 2017
Published Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ on 1 October 2015, Resolution 30/1. (After a resolution promoted by the European Union (EU) was defeated in 2009 and a resolution tabled by Sri Lanka was adopted by an overwhelming majority. An attempt to table a resolution critical of Sri Lanka in 2010 was aborted). Resolution 30/1 has been described by some critics as a Constitution amendment project for Sri Lanka.
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Bond Scam: AG’s Department SILENCED
Published Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
In a bizarre day at the Commission the Attorney General’s Department shockingly fell silent today refusing to examine Ministers Malik Samarawickrema and Kabir Hashim, instead putting on a defiant “we don’t give a damn” attitude at the Commission today. The team led by ASG Dappula De Livera which had brought the proceedings to a near climax by necessarily implicating Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Arjuna Mahendran,
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Sri Lanka to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on HFC phase-down
Published Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The government has decided to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) Phase-down and the cabinet of Ministers has given its approval for ratification. The Montreal Protocol was established in 1987 by the world community to regulate the use of chemicals that cause damage to the ozone layer and phase out their use systematically and gradually.
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Subversion of judicial review diminishes sovereignty
Published Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
In 1988, not too long before the United National Party was to lose the five-sixths Parliamentary majority it enjoyed (and therefore more than the two-thirds required to amend the constitution, barring of course those which required in addition a referendum) courtesy the anti-democratic referendum of 1982 which too was marred by massive fraud, J.R. Jayewardene indulged in a classic piece of constitutional skullduggery: the 14th Amendment
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Vedda cries from Vakarai lost in the sound of sea
Published Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
Veddas, said to be descendants of King Vijaya, are known to be the earliest inhabitants of this land. Referring to themselves as forest-dwellers, the Vedda communities are shrouded in secrecy, mythology and mystery than any other group of people in the country. As of late, we have only been referring to one clan – the UruwarigeVeddas of Dambana. But there are several others who have settled down in other parts of the island. While each clan has different livelihoods and hunting practices, they also have different ceremonies unique to
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Defence Ministry proposes new Naval Air Force wing
Published Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The present threats emanating from the Indian Ocean due to Sri Lanka’s geostrategic location has called for establishment of a Naval-Air Force wing to secure our waters with greater surveillance and striking capabilities, stated the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense today. He also proposed that a Joint Naval Command with the Air Force be set up with a Joint Communication Network with air and maritime capabilities.
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US will expand military to military relations with SL: Admiral Swift
Published Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The US look forward to the expansion of their military to military relations with Sri Lanka through military exercises, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said. He said U.S. Pacific Fleet forces joined the Sri Lanka Navy in Trincomalee as part of Exercise CARAT 2017 last week and activities like CARAT, both from an interoperability perspective and from a perspective of building trust and cooperation to address multilateral challenges.
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Country at crossroads as SLA celebrates 68th anniversary
Published Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
As the SLA surrounded the LTTE fighting cadre, on the Vanni east front, India stepped up pressure on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop using heavy weapons. Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Mayankote Kelath Narayanan insisted and secured agreement that compelled President Rajapaksa to direct the SLA to cease using heavy weapons and also suspend air strikes. The US-backed Indian move was meant to save civilians held hostage by retreating LTTE fighting cadre. During the final phase of the offensive, Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva’s celebrated 58 Division and Maj. Gen. Kamal
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Housing For The Displaced
Published Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
The housing problems of the displaced are yet to be resolved and some of these displaced persons are still either in temporary shelters or live as IDPs. Hence the government is currently in the process of once again addressing their housing concerns are planning on constructing another 50,000 houses for them. This endeavour will be carried out under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and tenders have already been called for the construction of these houses.
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Ensure Enforced Disappearances Bill Enacted: Human Rights Commission Tells President
Published Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) urged the President, in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, to provide leadership to ensure that the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill is enacted and Sri Lanka sets an example not only for the region but globally on how to humanely respond to the grievances and pain of those who have suffered due to serious human rights violations.
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Be cautious when dealing with China: US
Published Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Every country should be cautious when working with China due to China’s lack of transparency in certain engagements, a top US Military Officer said yesterday. Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson of the US Navy expressed these views upon asking whether the US was concerned about Chinese presence in the region particularly in Sri Lanka.
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Ex-CJ faults AG of misleading Parliament
Published Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva today told the Supreme Court that the Attorney General was guilty of misleading Parliament through his opinion on the amendments introduced to the Provincial Councils Amendment Bill during the committee stage of its passage. Making submissions as a citizen of the country in support of his fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court, he said he was not challenging the Speaker's endorsement but that of the Attorney General's opinion
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