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Events: History and Cultural Heritage Seminar - Session-3
Posted Date: 26/08/2017 (Saturday)
‘Thulasi’ Bridge End Close Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT2 6PZ
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News: No forgiveness for criminals in uniform: Sri Lanka navy chief
Posted Date: 25/08/2017 (Friday)
- Sri Lanka's new navy chief Travis Sinniah began work by pledging no forgiveness for his officers who may have committed crimes taking the cover of the island's drawn out separatist war. The Vice Admiral told reporters at his first press conference at navy headquarters on Wednesday that "even the biggest war hero" could not escape the full face of the law if a crime had been committed during or after the war.
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News: No reasons to object to Marapana’s appointment – GL
Posted Date: 25/08/2017 (Friday)
The newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Thilak Marapana said recently that allowing foreign judges to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces during the final stages of the war is against the domestic legal system. Contrary to Marapana's statement, Sri Lanka agreed at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March 2017 to co-sponsor the Resolution 30/1, which facilitates the establishment of a transitional justice mechanism to address the issue of accountability.
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News: Petition against the establishment of a separate state
Posted Date: 25/08/2017 (Friday)
A petition (SC SPL 03/2014) was filed in the Supreme Court claiming that the "aims" and "objects" of the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) was to establish a separate state under terms of Article 157A (4) of the Constitution. Since the petition has to be judged under the provisions of the current 1978 Constitution the opinions presented below are based on its provisions and not on possible future provisions.
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News: TNA’s Relationship With Government On The Rocks
Posted Date: 25/08/2017 (Friday)
The relationship between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the government is on the rocks with Tamils in the North losing faith in the administration. The TNA has said enough is enough and the international community must now intervene to address the issues faced by the Tamils in the North. The TNA’s official website quoted TNA leader R. Sampanthan as saying the government has
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News: UNHRC to be urged to push Sri Lanka to show progress
Posted Date: 24/08/2017 (Thursday)
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to be urged to push Sri Lanka to show progress on several key issues. Amnesty International has submitted a document to the UNHRC ahead of its next session in Geneva in September.
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News: New hope with a new Foreign Minister?
Posted Date: 23/08/2017 (Wednesday)
The new Foreign Minister has assured us, according to the Daily News, thatResolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by the Unity Government of Sri Lanka "was in no way harmful to the country…" The Island of 19th August 2017 reports that the new Minister had said that he had "examined" this resolution as member of the cabinet, and that it "was certainly not
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News: Geneva Resolution: Steering Committee loses two key members before its first meet
Posted Date: 23/08/2017 (Wednesday)
A high powered Cabinet-appointed committee, tasked with coordinating and monitoring the implementation of 2015 Geneva recommendations has lost two of its key members, Ravi Karunanayake and Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, even before its inaugural meeting. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe named a seven-member committee on June 19, 2017
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News: Resettlement minister confirms 178 million allocated to army for return of Keppapulavu
Posted Date: 22/08/2017 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan resettlement ministry will give the army 178 million rupees to return civilian land in Keppapulavu, the minister for resettlement confirmed on Tuesday. Resettlement Minister, D. M. Swaminathan, said during his visit to Jaffna that the 178 million amount had been requested from the treasury and would be handed over to the Sri Lankan army on receipt of approval from the cabinet.
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News: Joint Opposition wants time to study serious discrepancies in draft constitutional proposals
Posted Date: 22/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Alleging what they termed serious discrepancies, the JO yesterday sought time to thoroughly examine Steering Committee’s interim drafts containing constitutional proposals in Sinhala, Tamil and English. JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP told The Island that he along with MP Prasanna Ranatunga made representations on behalf of the JO at Steering Committee meeting chaired by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.
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Events: FOUNDATION (JOTHI HELP-LINE) நடத்தும் உரை வழங்கல் (PRESENTATION) நிகழ்ச்சி
Posted Date: 20/08/2017 (Sunday)
Lewisham Sivan Temple, 4A Clarendon Rise, Loondon, SE13 5ES
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News: Corruption crippling Sri Lanka’s coalition government
Posted Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
UNP yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to take action on Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe who has compromised “collective responsibility” of the Cabinet. Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe has been under fire for a number of controversial statements he made on Government’s move to lease Hambantota Port, leading to a number of
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News: UNP calls on President to act on Justice Minister
Posted Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
UNP yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to take action on Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe who has compromised “collective responsibility” of the Cabinet. Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe has been under fire for a number of controversial statements he made on Government’s move to lease Hambantota Port, leading to a number of
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News: Army Chief dismisses allegations No ex-LTTE men involved in crimes in North
Posted Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake dismissed the direct involvement of ex-members of the now vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the number of recent violent incidents reported from the Northern Province. Speaking at the media briefing, to announce the seventh annual Colombo Defence Seminar
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Photos: On Religion, Intolerance And Economic Prosperity
Posted Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Watch: Why is China taking over a port in Sri Lanka (and should India be worried)?
Posted Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Recent increase in security has caused fear among Northerners – Ramanathan
Posted Date: 15/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Jaffna District Organizer, Parliamentarian Angajan Ramanathan said the recent increase in security of the North has caused fear among the people of the region. "People of the North have also gone through lots of problems. Police raids and increase in the
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News: Maha Sangha has said new Constitution not required'
Posted Date: 15/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera stressed that a new constitution was not required and that the Maha Sangha had already informed it to President Mathripala Sirisena . During a meeting with former Minister and National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa
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Photos: Ravi’s dramatic withdrawal prods AG’s Dept to gee-up
Posted Date: 15/08/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Imperatives under Article 83 for a new constitution
Posted Date: 14/08/2017 (Monday)
MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne P.C. during the course of an interview had stated: "We must go for a referendum if we are to introduce a new Constitution. For example, if we want to change even a comma in Article 83 of the Constitution, we must go for a referendum"(Ceylon Today, August 11, 2017). Article 83 requires 2/3 approval of Parliament
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