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Vidya murder case: Seven accused sentenced to death Three-judge bench finds them guilty on all 41 counts
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Trial-at bar, which heard the Vidya murder case in Jaffna sentenced seven of the accused to death yesterday. The bench comprised High Court Judges Shashi Mahendran (President), Anna Lingam Ravi Shankar and Manickawasagar Illancheliyan. The 332 page verdict was read out by the President of the Trial-at-bar and Vavuniya High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran.
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Present political culture can be changed – Rohana
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The March 12th Movement says a change in the country’s present political culture can be established within the next several years. Speaking to NewsRadio Executive Director of the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections Rohana Hettiarachchi said they are displeased with the country’s state of affairs in order to establish cultured politics in the country.
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President stresses need for protecting archaeological sites
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that all parties should fulfill their responsibilities for the preservation and conservation of archaeological sites. He made these remarks addressing a ceremony held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo on September 27 to hand over the research book on Tampita Vihara in Sri Lanka to the President.
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Back To White-Vanning Days?
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Back in the day a new term entered the political lexicon of Sri Lanka: white-vanning. It was about the use of vehicles, typically white vans, to abduct certain characters that the then regime felt were unsavoury. At times it was used to obtain information on LTTE activists and activities that could have endangered hundreds of lives, as in the case of the brother-in-law of then Senior
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Is the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka legal?
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Is the resolution 30/1 legal? Certainly not. Let me briefly explain as to why the resolution is illegal. On 26 th March 2014, the UNHRC by resolution A/HRC/25/1 requested the High Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive investigation into “ serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes” allegedly committed during the period 2002 February to 2011November in Sri Lanka.
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Why Geneva wants new Constitution to address accountability issues?
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena’s meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid-Hussein, on Sept 22, 2017, on the sidelines of the 72 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), underscored Sri Lanka’s pathetic failure to counter a high profile propaganda project that brought about Geneva Resolution 30/1, on Oct 1, 2015.
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Prelate calls for referendum on new constitution
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
A referendum should be held on the new constitution proposed by the government, Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Anamaduwe Sri Dhammadassi thera told the Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella. Ven. Sri Dhammadassi Thera said so after receiving a copy of the interim report submitted by the Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly.
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Interim report on constitutional reforms Salient features
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The Constitutional Assembly (CA) was established on 9 March 2016 with the intention of forming a new Constitution to replace the present and operative 1978 Constitution. The Steering Committee identified 12 different areas, of which six areas were dealt with by sub-committees. The sub-committees focused on the topics of fundamental rights, the judiciary, law and order, public finance, public service and centre-periphery relations. The remaining
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GTF’s Fr. Emmanuel on low profile visit for reconciliation
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, leader of the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), arrived in Sri Lanka last week on what his organisation officials describe as a “low profile” visit. It coincided with the Constitutional Assembly releasing its Steering Committee’s Interim Report on constitutional amendments.
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Water for Jaffna: simple, brilliant plan from expat Lankan engineer
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
A new project for water supply to Jaffna utilizing rainfall into the Vadmarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq. km. was announced on Friday by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Policy Development Office. "The Project envisages making use of 20% of the annual rainfall in to the Vadamarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq km. This project approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the Chief Minister of Northern Province, is implemented under guidance of Vidya Jothi
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No cause to panic that LTTE will raise head again – DEFENCE SECRETARY KAPILA WAIDYARATNE PC
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The position of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has always been a coveted one in independent Sri Lanka. It was once held by eminent members of the now defunct Ceylon Civil Service (CCS) when the Ministry was known as Defence and External Affairs (DEA) until 1977. The first Secretary of the DEA in independent Sri Lanka, was Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan KBE CCS, a member of the Senate and Minister of Housing and Social Services.
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Sri Lanka’s Current Federalism Debate: Cause For Indian Concerns – Analysis
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
In a significant yet unexpected ‘arrival statement of sorts’ on the national scene without notice, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran called on the Sinhala-Buddhist majority’s high priests in Kandy, and followed it up with a visit to the local prison, where some ex-LTTE militants were being held. At the much-publicised meeting with the Mahanayaka Theros of the Asigiriya and Malwatte Chapters and the Buddhist-clergy
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The interim report on a new constitution should set off an informed debate in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
It is only with a great degree of caution and circumspection that the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka can be welcomed. The panel, chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has done creditably by producing a forward-looking proposal within 18 months of its first sitting. However, there have been several such reports in the past that envisioned far-reaching reforms in the country’s structure.
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Minority parties ready to accept unitary status – PM Depending on UNP-SLFP common stand on interim report
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that minority parties are ready to consider retention of the unitary status of the country in the proposed Constitution and privileged status to Buddhism in case the two major political parties, the UNP and the SLFP agree to grant maximum possible devolution, create a Senate, protect human rights protection of all
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Lankan lawmakers have a ‘unitary mindset’ -Jayampathy
Published Date: 25/09/2017 (Monday)
President's Counsel and member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), parliamentarian Jayampathy Wickramaratne spoke to Ceylon Today about the salient points pertaining to the Interim report, of the steering committee, which centred on the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka. Emphasizing on the need to include the word Aekiya Rajya in the English and Sinhalese
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Korea grants $ 2.5 m to develop Ocean University Master plan to be formulated
Published Date: 25/09/2017 (Monday)
The Ocean University of Sri Lanka, the first ever state university for maritime and ocean sciences is going to be upgraded under the financial and technical assistance by the Republic of Korea. A grant of USD 2.5 million is provided by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to formulate the master plan for the upgrading of the Ocean University and build the capacities of the academics of the university.
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Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament yesterday. “This is a very important issue that we have been talking about and when a Bill is debated in
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NGO raises concerns at Geneva meeting
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
An NGO briefing took place at the UN in Geneva during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council. It was organised by the Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR in France, in solidarity with France based ECOSOC NGO Global Alliance FGM. The title of this briefing was ‘Human Rights in Sri Lanka with a focus on UN HRC resolution 30/1’.
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SLFP MPs To Meet MS Individually And Split
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians are to meet President Maithripala Sirisena individually over the next few days and sit as independent members in Parliament. Deputy Minister and SLFP member Duleep Wijesekera said that he and a few other SLFP members are to meet the President individually as opposed to one group.
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Fonseka Misleads Media On US Visa Issue
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka misled the media last week by claiming he had been refused a visa to the United States. However, Foreign Ministry sources said that Fonseka’s request for a visa was not even processed. Sources at the Foreign Ministry legal division said that if the visa was rejected, the US Embassy in Colombo would have informed the Ministry.
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New Constitution to please separatists: Wimal
Published Date: 23/09/2017 (Saturday)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said today that the government was trying to bring in the new Constitution on the requirement of the Western forces and Tamil Diaspora to please Tamil separatists. He told a news conference that President Maithripala Sirisena had assured UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zaid Al Hussein that Sri Lanka was carrying out UNHRC
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SRI LANKA: Time to bring cultural rights in to the centre of human rights discourse*
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka became a British Colony in 1815 and gained its independence in 1948 and in 1983 we embarked upon the destruction, that was the ethnic civil war. After the war ended in 2010 a new type of destruction began with the unapologetic and undeterred advent of a highly racist movement with strong fascist undertones. But in 2015 the Sri Lankan people were able to topple such a government through democratic means during our Presidential Election.
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Former President condemns government efforts to ‘destroy democratic institutions’
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the people to unite and oppose the efforts rendered by the current government to destroy democratic institutions within Sri Lanka. In a media release that was circulated today, the former President condemned the concerted efforts of the ‘yahapalana conspirators’ who made several changes to the Provincial Council’s Elections law in order to indefinitely postpone the PC elections. He cited the ruling of the Supreme Court which stated that a referendum and two thirds majority in parliament
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Constitution framers divided over bid to change ‘unitary state’
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
The Steering Committee, tasked with drafting a new constitution has raised the hackles of some of its members by proposing that the term, ‘unitary state’ be done away with. The Steering Committee interim report submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Constitutional Assembly yesterday states that people in the south are scared of the term, ‘federal’ while the people in the North fear the word, ‘unitary.’
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New Constitution: Interim Report of The Steering Committee published in all three languages
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
The Constitutional Assembly established by Parliamentary Resolution of 09th March 2016 unanimously appointed a Steering Committee at its first sitting on 05th April 2016. The Steering Committee identified 12 main subject areas and assigned six of those subjects to Sub-Committees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly on 05th May 2016. The Reports of the said six Sub Committees and another report by an ad-hoc Committee appointed by the
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