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News: Security tightened in Batticaloa to prevent communal clashes
Posted Date: 05/12/2016 (Monday)
Security in and around Batticaloa town was tightened last night with the deployment of additional police and Special Task forces personnel to prevent a possible clash between two communities. Earlier in the day, a tense situation arose when police stopped a group led Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda-atte Gnanasara Thera from proceeding to Batticaloa town.
News: THE DANGER: Will Lanka go off Trump America’s radar?
Posted Date: 05/12/2016 (Monday)
Sirisena sends a ‘Dear Donald ‘letter to Trump to dump war crimes probe To the victor, the spoils. Not only the scalp but the professed allegiance, too, of the fallen, however insincere it may sound; even as Hillary Clinton demonstrated – moments after it became clear she had lost key swing states – when she called upon the people to rally around Trump and to hail him as the man America had decided upon to lead the nation for the next four years as her president
News: The Rise and ‘Fall’ of Karuna
Posted Date: 05/12/2016 (Monday)
Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, once a terrifying warmonger who led the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) of the Eastern Province and later enjoyed an 'exotic' and powerful life with the Rajapaksas, has been remanded till 7 December 2016. Karuna was arrested on the charge of misusing a Rs 80 million worth State vehicle. He is one among many who have been arrested by the current government for misusing State assets. Many are bewildered over Karuna's arrest and the reason for his arrest, which is considered a minor matter because this is a man who had committed cold-blooded murders while he was a LTTE militant, irrespective of caste, creed or race.
Photos: New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?
Posted Date: 05/12/2016 (Monday)
Photos: Sri Lankan President appeals to Rajapaksa not to thwart constitution making process
Posted Date: 03/12/2016 (Saturday)
News: US Vice President discusses future US-Sri Lanka relations with President Sirisena
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
It was reported, US Vice President-elect Mike Pence telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday and discussed future US-Sri Lanka relations. Pence and President Maithripala Sirisena had reportedly discussed further strengthening US-Sri Lanka relations under President Donald Trump.
News: Voices from the margins of the north
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
Interviews with some of Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable war-affected persons in the north show that a meaningful post war reconciliation process to them includes action towards human development, based on a comprehensive and consistent post conflict development policy that is focused on knowledge and understanding of grass root scenarios. There is no consistent and meaningful livelihood-focused training undertaken as part of a concrete State policy to deal with the human crisis created by 30 years of conflict that fragmented the lives of thousands.
News: TNA will not support unitary system of governance: M A Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today reiterated calls for meaningful devolution of powers to the provinces in the Parliament yesterday. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the TNA will not support a unitary system of governance.
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
Photos: China to keep close eye on external intervention in domestic matters of SL
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
Photos: Hatton Barber claims police tortured him
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
Photos: Devolution of ‘Land Powers’: A Comment
Posted Date: 02/12/2016 (Friday)
News: New Police structure and Emergency Laws Constitutional Assembly: Report of the Police, Law and Order Subcommittee
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
Police powers were among the most contentious topics in the whole devolution debate and the provisions of the 13th Amendment in this connection were never implemented by any government over the past three decades, because it would have rendered the country ungovernable. Now however, the Police Law and Order Subcommittee proposes to actually carry out what no previous government even contemplated. This Subcommittee of the Constitutional Assembly has proposed that the Police Ordinance be replaced with a completely new Police Act and that changes be made to the emergency laws – which would take the provincial police and law and order powers even beyond what was envisaged in the 13th Amendment
News: IGP asked to act against anyone obstructing reconciliation
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has advised the Inspector General of Police to litigate against anybody who impedes the National Reconciliation Process disregarding their political affiliations or socio-ethnic-political status, National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganeshan said in Galle yesterday. Minister Ganeshan said so while participating at the launch of ‘Sanhinda’ Trilingual Magazine by the ‘Sanhinda Trilingual Unit’ of St. Aloysius College, Galle.
News: Sri Lanka Leader Asks Trump's Help to Drop War Crime Charges
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's leader is seeking the support of President-elect Donald Trump to free Sri Lankan troops from war crime allegations from the country's decades-long civil war. President Maithripala Sirisena said he has already sent a message to Trump, seeking his support.
News: TNA’s diplomacy
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
An important meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians, led by Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, took place in Parliament last Thursday (24). The TNA played a tremendous role in ousting the Rajapaksa regime and establishing the National Unity Government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in January 2015. Later, with the guidance of R. Sampanthan, the TNA as the main Opposition in Parliament played a responsible role to deal with Tamil political issues as well as voicing on national issues.
News: ‘…they are most probably dead…’
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
Expectantly she comes to meet them, her plastic bag of documents clasped tightly under her arm. Her face weary, and tear-stained, but, ready to tell her story one more time. White journalists, local activists, big people from big international human rights organisations, government commissions, the police, army camp officials……it’s all a blur now.
News: Phantoms of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s reign of terror
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
Mahinda Rajapaksa sits at a desk in his party office beneath a photo of himself. He’s not especially tall but solid in the chest and arms; like an old rugby prop, his head seems to rest on his shoulders without much need for a neck. He’s never seen in public without his brown scarf, supposedly signifying the sweaty rags of Sri Lanka’s hard-toiling farmers. On his fingers this man of the people wears three chunky gold rings and on his wrist a bracelet of jade balls. Everyone here still calls him Mr President.
News: Trouble once again in paradise
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
The fluid political situation in Sri Lanka, and the erosion of popular support for the Sirisen a - W i c k r e m e s i n g h e combine, have together created in the minds of the minority Tamils, doubts about the regime’s ability to draft a Tamil-friendly constitution and face the political storm that will certainly follow. Sensing a drift towards abandonment of the constitution- making exercise and its substitution by a few amendments to the existing constitution along with electoral reforms, the MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the largest Tamil party in Parliament with 16 MPs, met President Maithripala Sirisena recently to air their concerns. Sirisena assured the MPs that he is keen on a new constitution as promised to the Tamils in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election, which he won thanks in part to the overwhelming support of the Tamils.
News: Constitution, devolution and minorities
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
A national debate on the proposed new constitution commenced with the recent session of the Constitutional Council and drafting of proposals by different Committees. To set the tone, President Maithripala Sirisena referred to the conceptual positions with regard to the proposed constitution in his recent interview with The Hindu. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R Sampanthan made statements in Parliament and Northern Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran also made few comments in the Provincial Council and outside. Talking to Meera Sirinivasan of The Hindu, President Sirisena did not hesitate to give his honest opinion. “People of the south are scared of the word federal. People of the north are scared of the word unitary. What we should do is not fight over these two words. We should come up with a formula that is acceptable to all,” he said.

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