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Events: LEAH Coffiee Morning
Posted Date: 22/02/2017 (Wednesday)
Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road, Twickenham, TW2 6JL
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News: An appeal to Tamil political leaders on the ‘new constitution’
Posted Date: 21/02/2017 (Tuesday)
I make this appeal to all Tamil political leaders without limiting it to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or its affiliates. This includes not only the leaders in the North and the East, but also the rest of the country, though many of my submissions may directly be relevant to the first category. I make this appeal as a citizen of Sri Lanka based on my experience, concerns and respect for the country and its future. The context to make this appeal is the ongoing negotiations within the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly to bring a consensual draft for a new constitution that can be put before the whole of Parliament and then before the people at a Referendum. My basic appeal is for you to moderate your positions, as much as possible, on the questions of ‘unitary state, federalism, merger of the North/East and foremost position to Buddhism,’ among some of the other controversial matters.
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News: India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar
Posted Date: 21/02/2017 (Tuesday)
India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He was reacting to a demand made by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Suresh Premachandran, that India should honor its promise to keep the North and East united. It had even said that it would not allow a referendum to be held on the issue. When the united province was de-merged in 2006 by a Supreme Court order, India did not protest saying that it was for the Sri Lankan government to appeal against the judgment. India had clearly lost interest in the issue. Its interests lay elsewhere in Sri Lanka.
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News: US House of Representatives delegation in SL
Posted Date: 20/02/2017 (Monday)
A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives arrived in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), the US Embassy today said. Issuing a statement, the Embassy said the delegation is pleased to continue the partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the US House of Representatives and Sri Lankan Parliament on September 14, 2016 in Washington D.C.
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News: Sumanthiran lobbying in Geneva
Posted Date: 20/02/2017 (Monday)
Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran, who is currently in Geneva, urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) officials not to allow Sri Lanka to make any change in the original resolution co-sponsored with...... the UNHRC by the country in 2015. Sumanthiran met the UNHRC officials in Geneva on Saturday (18) morning where he briefed extensively on the failures in implementing the key aspects of the UNHRC resolution of 2015 by the Lankan Government.
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News: Indian Foreign Secretary Meets with TNA delegation
Posted Date: 20/02/2017 (Monday)
Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. Jaishanker met with the TNA delegation today (20 Feb.) at the Indian High Commission in Colombo. At the meeting, the TNA delegation apprised the foreign secretary of some pressing issues faced by the Tamil people including the lack of progress in relation to the release of lands held by the military in the North and East, disappearances, and Tamil political prisoners. The TNA also updated Dr. Jaishankar about the new constitution, stating that the process had now stalled.
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Photos: Make Tamil mandatory for Sri Lankan lawmakers: Minister
Posted Date: 20/02/2017 (Monday)
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Events: FREE Community Engagement for Health Course and get qualified to help improve the Health and Wellbeing of your Community
Posted Date: 20/02/2017 (Monday)
the Canbury Pavilion, Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5AX
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News: CBK’s Remarks on “War Widows’ IRK Military)
Posted Date: 19/02/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena instructed officials to provide an allowance of Rs 10,000 per month for all farmers who are affected by the prevailing dry weather and also instructed relevant authorities to appoint a committee comprising District Secretaries, Grama Niladharis and Samurdhi Officials to collect comprehensive information on affected families. After getting the relevant information, this allowance will be given from next month till the Yala season begins.
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News: Enforced disappearance: Bill holds superiors also accountable for the crime
Posted Date: 19/02/2017 (Sunday)
The Bill, to be enacted shortly, to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, provides for the sanctioning of superiors who, by commission or omission, are party to such crimes. The Law also provides for the extradition of a person, including those holding citizenship of other countries with which Sri Lanka has extradition treaties and are signatories to this Convection, to stand trial for acting in violation of the provisions of this Act.
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News: Sri Lankan government sends back families of missing Tamils with yet another promise
Posted Date: 18/02/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan government ministers who met representatives the families of 32,000 missing Tamils here on February 9, sent them back with yet another promise that their grievance will be attended to after the return of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from Australia. The families had met Ministers State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene, Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakshe and Minister of Rehabilitation D.M.Swaminathan, at the Prime Minister’s Office. The Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara was present.
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Events: இலங்கைக்கு ஒரு புதிய அரசியல் அமைப்பு வேண்டுமா ?
Posted Date: 18/02/2017 (Saturday)
No. 5 Pierre l'Ermite - 7500, Paris, France
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Events: Discussion on Electoral Reform in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/02/2017 (Saturday)
The Trinity Centre East Avenue London E12 6SG
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Videos: Sri Lanka: A son missing, a family in turmoil
Posted Date: 18/02/2017 (Saturday)
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News: Prez admits severe criticism of recent HC appointment justified
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
Former Law Professor G.L. Peiris yesterday said that the yahapalana government owed an explanation to the public regarding the controversial appointment of Ramanathan Kannan as a High Court judge. Kannan functions as HC judge of Civil Appellate Court, Jaffna. Matale-born Kannan of the private bar in Batticaloa received his appointment early this month. Kannan had served the Attorney General’s Department for a decade before moving to Batticaloa, where he enjoyed a lucrative practice.
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News: Foreign judges must oversee treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka: HRW
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka must employ international judges and prosecutors to ensure accountability during trials of those responsible for alleged war crimes against mostly Tamils, Human Rights Watch Australia’s director Elaine Pearson told SBS News. Ms Pearson’s call, which echoes a recommendation in a 2015 UN Human Rights Council report of the OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka, comes as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh this week visited Canberra.
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News: Govt Printer receives delimitation committee report
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
The Government Printer says that the Delimitation Committee report has been received and that it will be gazette within the day. The final draft of the Delimitation Committee, with the signatures of all five members, was handed over to the Provincial Councils and Local Govt Minister Faizer Mustapha on January 17.
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News: Why India's increased military assistance to Afghanistan is a step in the right direction
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
India and Afghanistan have a deep rooted relationship. Afghanistan is a strategically important country, not only to India but to the entire region. It is India’s gateway to Central Asian republics. Afghan people are fiercely independent and follow the Sunni sect that follows Hanafi Islamic Law. Tribal affinity and affiliation have been the hallmark of politics in Afghanistan. The country can proudly claim that no outsider has ever been able to subjugate her.
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Photos: Elites want presidency back for themselves: Dilan
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
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News: Lasantha’s murder; SC holds Army officer’s rights violated
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
The Supreme Court yesterday held that the fundamental rights of an Army Officer attached to the Intelligence Unit, who had been arrested and detained under the pretension of being a suspect regarding the murder of Journalist Lasantha Wickramathunga, have been infringed and awarded Rs.100,000 as compensation. The Bench comprised Justices Sisira J. De Abrew, Upaly Abeyrathne and Anil Gooneratne.
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