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Videos: Tamil Muslims relationship in East Sri Lanka | Pudhu Velicham |18.01.17 | P-1
Posted Date: 24/01/2017 (Tuesday)
News: USTPAC Calls for Autonomous NorthEast Region for Tamils Within Sri Lanka Genuine efforts on Confidence-Building Measures and Constitution-Making offer best chance for peace in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 23/01/2017 (Monday)
US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) calls on the Sri Lankan government to meaningfully implement UNHRC Resolution 30/1, move the transitional justice process forward, and solve the debilitating ethnic crisis through political reform. The new constitution that is being created provides an opportunity to resolve the decades old ethnic conflict in the island that must not be squandered as many such opportunities have been in the past. The constitution must recognize the right of Tamils to self-governance, including in areas of education, land, police, taxation and foreign direct investments. The recognition of the North and East of the island as historically the homeland of the Tamils must be preserved, as denoted in the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord.
News: CTF recommendations and hybrid court
Posted Date: 23/01/2017 (Monday)
The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent Judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing. – Caroline Kennedy In the wake of the Consultative Task Force calling for foreign Judges to hear war crime charges, State Minister of Finance Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene stated that President Maithripala Sirisena categorically ruled out the participation of foreign Judges to hear or inquire into war crime allegations. Addressing a press conference at the President's House, he reaffirmed the President's position that only logistical and IT assistance would be obtained to expedite the judicial process, when the judicial mechanism was set up to probe the alleged crimes.
Posted Date: 23/01/2017 (Monday)
In “Silenced Shadows,” a collection of searing poetry just published, Sri Lankans mourn and challenge the enforced disappearance of tens of thousands of their citizens throughout the country. Amnesty International’s former global media chief, Richard Reoch, says of this trilingual collection: “Society, power and justice are laid out like corpses in a mortuary for examination.” When history began to turn against Hitler, he issued an infamous secret directive known by its codename: “Night and Fog”. It allowed the Nazis to abduct anyone by night, so that they effectively vanished without trace.
News: UNP, SLFP poles apart on Constitutional reforms
Posted Date: 23/01/2017 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has given the green light to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ministers to convey their January 3 decisions on constitutional reforms to different sections of society. This is notwithstanding an earlier move to convene an SLFP Central Committee (CC) meeting where these decisions were to be endorsed. The fact that the ministers are going ahead first making their position publicly known, a party source said, would only mean that Sirisena, the SLFP leader, had chosen to first have consultations. He will report the outcome thereafter to the CC, the source added.
Photos: Working journalists demand Prez Commission to probe killing of journalists and disappearances
Posted Date: 23/01/2017 (Monday)
Photos: Prez rescinds a two-thirds majority for reimposition of Emergency HR action plan
Posted Date: 23/01/2017 (Monday)
Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that the JVP doesn't reject the Constitutional Reforms, and went on to say "We need these reforms to maintain democracy, fundamental rights and rights of all communities." Excerpts of the interview:
News: Reconciliation to be a compulsory subject at schools
Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), has said that a proposal had been submitted to the Education Ministry to include reconciliation as a subject in the School curriculum. She was speaking at an event organised by the State Ministry for National Integration and Reconciliation to mark the National Integration and Reconciliation Week, at Ananda College, Colombo last Tuesday.
News: A storm in that ‘human rights action plan’ teacup
Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
An unseemly and wholly unnecessary uproar arose this week over a proposed clause in Sri Lanka’s National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP, 2017-2021), which had apparently mentioned the need for a two-thirds majority in Parliament to pass a State of Emergency. NHRAP limited to grand expectations Ministers loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena indulged in a frantic thumping of chests by insisting that the President had steadfastly ‘intervened’ to remove that clause from the NHRAP. Indeed unwitting observers might have been forgiven for mistaking the innocuous NHRAP for a document that had actual force in law. This was aggravated moreover by reports that the proposal had been ‘rescinded’ by the President.
News: Sri Lankan Prime Minister holds discussions with world leaders on expanding bilateral ties, trade and investment
Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland held discussions with several heads of states and business giants on expanding bilateral ties and boosting trade and investment. Meeting with the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Premier Wickremesinghe exchanged ideas with the Norwegian leader on the course of action that could be taken to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the two nations, while simultaneously conducting a review on the bilateral plans and programs currently in effect.
News: Over one million people affected by severe drought in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
Over 1 million people have been affected by severe drought in Sri Lanka with authorities warning the numbers could rise in the coming weeks due to less rainfall. Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said that 18 districts have been affected by the drought and rescue teams were distributing drinking and clean water for the victims. According to statistics, 1,041,690 people and 251,310 families have been affected by the drought.
Events: வடக்கு , கிழக்கு மாகாண அமைச்சர்கள் மற்றும் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களுடன்னான சந்திப்பும் இரவுணவும்
Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
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Posted Date: 22/01/2017 (Sunday)
News: International Commission of Jurists calls on Sri Lanka to implement recommendations of Consultation Task Force
Posted Date: 21/01/2017 (Saturday)
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an international non-governmental human rights organization has called on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations made by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms. "The Sri Lankan government must deliver on the clear demand for justice from Sri Lankans nationwide by implementing the Consultation Task Force recommendations without further delay," the ICJ said in a statement.
News: Indo-Lanka accord on Trinco port soon
Posted Date: 21/01/2017 (Saturday)
India and Sri Lanka will soon be finalising an accord to take New Delhi’s help to develop Trincomalee Port in the East of the Island nation, a move seen as Colombo’s attempt at fine balancing India and China, The New Indian Express reported yesterday The New Indian Express report posted on Jan. 18: " China has pumped in money to develop the Hambantota port in the South and is now said to be investing in Colombo port causing much discomfort in India that sees the Indian Ocean Region as its area of influence.
Events: தமிழர் விழா
Posted Date: 21/01/2017 (Saturday)
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News: Sri Lankan minister urges promotion public-interest driven media
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka's Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms, Gayantha Karunathilaka has stressed that politically and commercially driven media have to be replaced by good ethical and public-interest driven media. According to a communication received here Thursday, Karunathilaka was addressing 32 journalists from 14 leading Indian and Pakistani media houses at a five-day dialogue in Colombo that was a capstone event of the East-West Centre's two-year "Improving Cross-Border Reporting" exchange and discussion program.
News: Sri Lanka Navy re-invents itself as medium-scale regional force
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
Since the 2010 conclusion of Sri Lanka's decades-long conflict with Tamil Tiger separatists in the country's northern regions, the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has been re-inventing itself to develop the operational agility required to tackle today's complex defence and security challenges. The 'Sri Lanka Navy's Maritime Strategy 2025', its roadmap for achieving this aim, was released in November 2016 at the navy's Galle Dialogue conference in Colombo.
News: MS admits GSP plus depends on ratification and implementation of 27 int’l conventions GoSL given time till May to meet obligations
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday acknowledged that the restoration of Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) could take about four to five months, though the EU on January 11 announced its decision to restore the facility. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Minister Samarasinghe explained the process leading to the restoration of the much sought after facility made available to the then Kumaratunga administration soon after tsunami. The EU abruptly withdrew the facility in the wake of the previous government’s triumph over terrorism.

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