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News: Sri Lankan president Sirisena rejects Rajapaksa's claim about toppling govt
Posted Date: 06/01/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dismissed as "dream" the claim by his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa that he would make a political comeback by toppling the current government this year. "Certain people can dream but the government would not be toppled before 2020," Sirisena said, addressing a gathering last night at the state radio.
News: Cabinet Spokesman’s remarks that UN envoy for human rights endorsed Govt. ‘no foreign judges’ stand denied by OHCHR
Posted Date: 06/01/2017 (Friday)
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) yesterday insisted that High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s position on a hybrid court to prosecute alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war remained unchanged. The OHCHR took to Twitter yesterday to clarify what it called Zeid’s “unchanged” position, after Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne controversially proclaimed to reporters on Wednesday (4), that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had endorsed the Government’s position that foreign judges would not sit on a proposed war crimes tribunal.
News: Could Sri Lanka have become another Singapore if we had a Lee Kwan Yew?
Posted Date: 06/01/2017 (Friday)
Although I have lived and worked in Singapore since the riots of 1983, I am a constant visitor to Sri Lanka which I consider my true home and where my closest friends are. I find these visits exhilarating for a number of reasons, one of which is the lively discussions that take place on politics at every party and meeting of friends. In Singapore very few discuss politics because it is so boring (like its newspapers!) as politics is so dull. Governments are elected every 5 years (the same party for 50 years!) and they make promises which they invariably fulfill or exceed – nothing to talk about. But Sri Lanka is so different – gossip on who is going to cross over, new parties being formed, Ministers undermining their leaders, the latest corruption scandal, announcement of the latest mega projects and the enormous FDI expected, but which always fail to materialize – really interesting stuff! One reason is that, with a few notable exceptions, politicians in Sri Lanka are demagogues or even thugs. In Singapore all parties select MPs based on their education and professional experience.
Posted Date: 06/01/2017 (Friday)
Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this year started off with a series of protests around the country. As the first of January dawned, paving the path to a brand new year, several groups were getting ready to protest against the government. Thus, three days into the New Year, the country faced another protest, even before the previous one ended. A group of rehabilitated LTTE cadres thus engaged in a protest opposite the Civil Defence Camp in Iranamadu, Kilinochchi recently. The protestors demanded that the government quickened the process of providing job opportunities at the Civil Defence Department or any other government institution.
Photos: Sri Lanka Briefing: Political Jostling; an Oily Mess
Posted Date: 06/01/2017 (Friday)
News: Challenging Sri Lanka’s Sixth Amendment: An Interview with Rudrakumaran, PM, TGTE
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). He is based in New York City. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
News: SRI LANKA: Beginning of a New Peoples’ Movement Targeting Large-Scale Membership
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
I have had the privilege of witnessing the birth of an initiative to create a people\'s movement not affiliated to any political party, which targets a minimum of one million memberships. It will be entirely locally funded and independent. The new movement springs from the initiative of Victor Ivan, a veteran journalist and the Founder Editor of weekly paper Ravaya. An invitation made by him has found quick response and, in many parts of the country, local support groups are being formed rapidly. The spontaneous response received from people from many walks of life, i.e. professionals, activists of many sorts, and the ordinary folk, is amazing.
News: Consultations Task Force concludes work; recommends hybrid court, swift appointment of Special Prosecutor
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
A special task force set up by the Government to solicit public views on reconciliation and justice have recommended a hybrid court comprising local and foreign judges to prosecute war crimes, and urged the Government to appoint a special prosecutor to commence investigations into the controversial cases without delay. An islandwide consultation process on proposed Government mechanisms to bring about reconciliation and justice conducted over the course of a year ended on Tuesday, with the task force appointed for the purpose handing over its final report.
News: Govt. says no to international judges – Rajitha
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
Co Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the government refutes the recommendation by the Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms to include at least one international judge on every bench hearing alleged war crimes charges. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing this afternoon the Minister said even the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights consented to the government’s decision that all benches will comprise local judges.
News: The National Peace Council (NPC) presented the findings of its project, Post Conflict Healing: A Women’s Manifesto
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
The National Peace Council (NPC) presented the findings of its project, Post Conflict Healing: A Women’s Manifesto, at a national level meeting at SLIDA on December 15. The findings included policy briefing papers, a Women’s Manifesto and a video. The meeting was attended by Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Mr. Mano Ganesan, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms Mr. Mano Tittawella, Chairperson of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms Ms. Manouri Muttetuewgama, NPC Board Member and Founder and Chair of the Association of War Affected Women Ms. Visaka Dharmadasa, and Country Director (Sri Lanka) FOKUS Dr.Shyamala Gomez.
News: President cancels visit to Jaffna due to “unscheduled meetings” in Colombo
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled yesterday’s visit to Jaffna. A spokesman of the President told Express that “unscheduled meetings” in Colombo led to the cancellation. “But he will be visiting Jaffna on January 25 or any other suitable date before that,” the spokesman added. In Jaffna, he was to have inaugurated an island-wide mobile app facility to get in touch with the President and track the progress of requests through ministries and departments in the centre. He was also to release about 600 acres of private land presently held by the military.
Photos: Strong witness protection mechanisms needed – CTF
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
Photos: Test of strength
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
Photos: Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
Videos: Mrs. Revathi speech on Tamil and Agriculture in the US
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
News: 4th Constitution
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's Second Republican Constitution of 1978 has been subjected to 20 amendments thus far in its short span of 38 years up to now. In contrast, according to Wikipedia, the 227-year-old US Constitution in the world's 'greatest' democracy has been subjected to 27 amendments thus far since its adoption in 1789, i.e. 13 years after the USA obtained its independence from the UK in 1776. Another six more amendments are in the pipeline, waiting ratification from the world's largest democracy's 50 States, to become law.
News: Now, Mustapha refuses to accept delimitation report ... leaves media briefing in a huff
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Local government and Provincial Council Minister Faizer Mustapha has refused to accept the final report of the delimitation review committee. His action has fuelled speculation that the local government elections will be delayed further. Committee Chairman Ashoka Peiris tried to present the report to Minister Mustapha yesterday in Colombo in the presence of the media, but the latter declined to accept it. The delay in the submission of the report has led to the postponement of local government polls.
News: Sirisena to push for amendments in Sino-Lankan pact on Hambantota port
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Given the billowing controversy over the Sino-Sri Lankan Framework Agreement (FA) on Hambantota port in south Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is all set to seek some significant amendments in it. He proposes to do so by appointing his own representative in the negotiating team. The Sunday Times reported that Sirisena met the Chinese Ambassador to sound him about this plan to appoint his own representative, Dr.Sarath Rajapatirana of the Institute of Policy Studies, to the negotiating team.
Photos: As 2017 dawns, Rainbow Coalition faces thunderstorms
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Photos: Raviraj murder case verdict elicits concern : Jury selection process needs to be addressed - Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)

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