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News: President won’t do anything inimical to Buddha Sasana
Posted Date: 09/10/2016 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena attending a Buddhist religious ceremony at Kurukude Ancient Vihare in Peradeniya on Tuesday (04) afternoon assured that his government would never take any final decisions with regard to Buddha Sasana that would lead to disagreement, dispute or dissension among the Sangha. Any such decision would be taken only with the blessings of the Sangha led by the Mahanayake Theras. President Maithripala Sirisena made the declaration after opening the three-storeyed preaching hall of Kurukude Vihare.
News: RTI Act implementation to commence next week
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
The process of implementing the new Right to Information Act would commence next week with the establishment an office in Battaramulla the government announced on Wednesday. Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka told a press conference at the Information Department that Piyatissa Ranasinghe had been appointed to head the new office.
News: New land laws before end of year
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
A new legislation titled \"Lands (Special Provisions) Bill\" would be presented to Parliament before the end of the year to do away with or relax various restrictions on land use and ownership, Lands Minister John Amaratunga said. He said the Bill would grant outright ownership of lands to those who possess Swarna Bhoomi and Jaya Bhoomi deeds. He said disputes among the members in the same family had risen due to various restrictions in the law on land ownership and transfer. He said the new legislation would solve those issues.
News: Sri Lanka: Hair Dresser severely tortured for failing to give a haircut to HQI, Hatton
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
Kadireshan Ravishankar, 34 was severely tortured by the HQI and other officers of the Hatton police station merely for failing to provide a haircut immediately on his order a couple of days ago. The case exposes the dangers of not allowing lawyers from representing their clients at police station, an amendment Minister of Justice is championing and had gazetted in the criminal procedure code. The minister wants to prevent lawyers from representing clients at police stations till investigations are over and suspect’s statement is recorded. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, The Asian Human Rights Commission and several other organizations and individuals have opposed the move as it would lead to increase of torture and ill treatment and other abuses of human rights at police stations. However, the minister in a statement to the media has justified the move stating that those who object to this amendment fail to appreciate the difficulties faced by the police engaged in criminal investigations. Obviously, the Minister is attempting to underplay the widespread use of torture and ill treatment.
Photos: Lankan PM Wickremesinghe urges Modi to resolve Tamil fishermen issue
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
Photos: I never asked intelligence officers to keep tabs on politicians – Gota
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
Photos: JO struggles to explain UPFA turning blind eye to high handed TNA actions under their watch
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
Videos: M-24: Tamil Heritage Month in the House of Commons
Posted Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
News: Sri Lanka: Tamils in the North-East protest at last
Posted Date: 07/10/2016 (Friday)
On the 24th September 2016, there was a massive protest in Jaffna, in the Tamil North, where some 15,000 Tamils took part in the biggest protest since the end of the armed conflict 7 years ago. The protest called ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ (Let Tamils rise), saw thousands of Tamils from all eight provinces in the North and East come to Jaffna. It was a long overdue protest. To deal with this most important event, there must be an understanding of the ground situation in the Tamil North and East.
News: Pakistan Faces International Isolation After Kashmir Incident
Posted Date: 07/10/2016 (Friday)
The fall-out from the latest crisis with India damages Pakistan’s already weak international position and risks shifting the balance of domestic politics in favour of the military. While all-out war with India is unlikely, there has been a noticeable hardening of tone in Pakistan. Photo by Getty Images. Pakistan has placed its forces on high alert after being denounced by India as a ‘terrorist state’ complicit in an attack on a military base at Uri in Indian-administered Kashmir. The accusations have been strongly denied by Pakistan and fuelled a war of words, raising bilateral tensions to levels not seen since the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.
Photos: UN peacekeepers refused to help as aid workers were raped in South Sudan – report
Posted Date: 07/10/2016 (Friday)
News: India offers Sri Lanka assistance to build a major roadway network linking north and east to south
Posted Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
India has offered Sri Lanka technical assistance to build a planned roadway network connecting the North and East to the South. During discussions with Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi Wednesday evening, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has drawn attention to development plans for building a major road network from Jaffna to Mannar, Mannar to Colombo via Kurunegala and Mannar to Trincomalee via Vavuniya.
News: War between India and Pakistan not an option: Sri Lankan PM
Posted Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
Drawing lessons from the 30-year long war in the island nation, the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday categorically ruled out war as an option between the two nuclear-powered countries and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s restrained approach on the matter. "I don't think war is an option for anyone," the Sri Lankan Prime Minister said when asked if the situation between the two countries can escalate militarily.
News: Journalist threatened inside police station in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Free Media Movement (FMM) in condemning the inaction of the police while a TV journalist was threatened inside a police station in Sri Lanka on September 27. The IFJ demands that the authorities immediately investigate the incident. Ranjith Karunaweera, a journalist with Hiru TV in Mahiyanganaya of Badulla District in Uva Province of central Sri Lanka, was threatened over a news story by a group of people when he arrived at the Hasalaka police station to give his statement in a case filed against him.
Photos: Promotion of minority rights critical in Sri Lanka says UN
Posted Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
Photos: Sri Lanka already a secular State - Lal Wijenayake
Posted Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
Events: Uniting for Peace Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2016 Building a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflicts
Posted Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
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News: Justice Wigi: Time up for the Judgement Day !
Posted Date: 05/10/2016 (Wednesday)
First and foremost, let me welcome your forthcoming visit to London to inter-twine a relationship between the London Borough of Kingston and the Northern Provincial Council (NCP)to exchange knowledge and experiences between the two Councils. I am one of those who overwhelmingly supported your election as Chief Minister of NCP that you won with landmark support from the people three years ago.
News: Govt should facilitate better role : Lankan diaspora important for rebuilding democracy
Posted Date: 03/10/2016 (Monday)
Lankan diaspora is a strategically important human resource that is useful in developing and promoting democratic systems of governance in Sri Lanka. Yet, how can they contribute? Mobilising the Lankan diaspora in the endeavour of developing viable mechanisms to sustain democratic practices and good governance does not appear to have been so successful. Also, the constructive role diasporic communities could play in this field does not appear to have been properly looked into. The Lankan diaspora comprises people who have migrated overseas due to economic, social or political reasons.
News: Army Sticks To Its Guns On Palaly Land
Posted Date: 03/10/2016 (Monday)
The military has refused to release parts of land in Palaly which is being used for security purposes, despite a demand by some Tamil political parties in the North. Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahesh Senanayake said that 4419 acres of land which belongs to the Jaffna Security Forces Headquarters, the Palaly airfield and the Military Cantonment will not be released for civilian use.

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