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News: Sampur project uncertainty continues
Posted Date: 19/06/2016 (Sunday)
The uncertainty over the Sampur thermal power project continues as the NTPC, India’s partner in the coal-fired 500-megawatt (MW) project, is awaiting advice from the Central government on the issue of change of fuel for the proposed plant. The issue has been raised by Sri Lanka, which apparently now favours liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the fuel.
Photos: Implementation of RTI Act, “every public institution will be legally bound to provide information” Paranawithana
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
Photos: Unit of devolution
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
News: Mr R. Sampanthan’s Adjournment Motion in Parliament
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
The leader of the TNA, R. Sampanthan, has moved an important motion in Parliament (10 June 2016), on behalf of the Tamil people in the North and the East. Perhaps as he has moved the motion as the Leader of the Opposition, there is much substance and less rhetoric, both in the motion and the speech that he has delivered. I am not saying that the motion or the speech is completely devoid of ‘political rhetoric.’ But the issues that he has highlighted and the facts and information that he has supplied should draw the attention of not only the government, but also the general public at large who are concerned about the unity and reconciliation in the country. Reconciliation along with ‘justice and equality’ are the key notions that he has also highlighted.
News: Katchatheevu needs a political settlement’
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
The Katchatheevu row requires only a political settlement, as there is nothing to be sorted out legally between India and Sri Lanka, according to a senior legal expert, Nirmala Chandrahasan. Ms. Chandrahasan, now a consultant to the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) of the Sri Lanka government, told a high-profile seminar on the India-Sri Lanka relationship here on Thursday that the Indian government did not consider Katchatheevu a “disputed territory” and it had recognised the islet as a part of Sri Lanka. As there was no legal dispute on this issue, the question of taking the matter to international courts did not arise.
News: China to help developing northern Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang pledged to push forward ties with Sri Lanka by assisting development of the former war zone in the Tamil-dominated north, a Chinese Embassy official said on Friday. During a four-day visit to Northern Province, the ambassador met with Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Northern Governor Reginald Cooray, saying that China stood ready to offer assistance to Sri Lanka and the province.
Events: NRT-SL Public Meeting
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
Sangam Hall, 210 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 0AP
Photos: Lanka ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over: Indian envoy
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
Photos: Impunity and Justice: Why the UN Human Rights Council Must Stay Engaged in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
News: Unit of devolution
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform headed by its Chairman Lal Wijenayake has recommended retaining the Province as the unit of Devolution. The Commission proposes 6 "alternate formulations" based on the Province as the peripheral unit. These formulations vary from retaining the existing 9 Provinces without merger with provision to withdraw devolved power without consent, to merger with minority participation in the Executive and the Legislature and other formulations in between, including the re-demarcation of existing boundaries.
News: Former Sri Lanka president urges more development projects with Japan
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
Amid a proliferation of development deals in Sri Lanka, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his country and Japan could work on more projects together, including hospitals and highways. “I believe that the infrastructure projects are very important for Sri Lanka after the war,” Rajapaksa said during an interview with The Japan Times on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Photos: IMF faults inaction
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
Photos: Fault Lines
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
News: 'New and transformative' phase in India - Sri Lanka relations began with new government – envoy
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
A 'new and transformative phase' in relations between India and Sri Lanka began last year heralding a new beginning after the formation of a new government in Sri Lanka, the Indian envoy said today. Delivering the opening remarks at the panel discussion "India - Sri Lanka Relations in the 21st Century" organized by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Indian High Commissioner to Colombo YK Sinha said bilateral ties have become robust and entered a new phase with highest-level engagements as four high level bilateral visits within 90 days of the formation of a new government last year heralded a new beginning
News: Speech by M.A. Sumanthiran – Congressional caucus briefing 14th June 2015
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
Thank you, Mr. Moderator. Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to address all of you in this forum. I have been asked to make a few remarks with regard to Sri Lanka’s progress in this transitional phase. The transition commenced in January last year when there was a change in the office of the President. Just prior to that, most friends of Sri Lanka were gravely concerned that Sri Lanka was going down the precipice, in that it was moving towards an authoritarian regime. The Constitution had been amended; we had an executive presidential system with a two term limit that had been amended to enable the incumbent to run for however many times that he wanted to and there were very serious concerns with regard to democracy deficit and accountability and non-accommodation of dissent and so on.
News: Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S. Speaks on How LankaCorps Can Aid Post-Conflict Reconciliation
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
On May 18, The Asia Foundation held a reception at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, hosted by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S., Prasad Kariyawasam, as an opportunity for members of the area’s Sri Lankan diaspora and policy community to learn about the Foundation’s LankaCorps program. Over the past four years, 25 young professionals have served as LankaCorps Fellows, a unique opportunity developed by The Asia Foundation for young people of Sri Lankan heritage to live and work in Sri Lanka and contribute to the dynamic, multi-ethnic nation’s post-war recovery through six-month fellowships. Senior program officer Diana Kelly Alvord spoke to Ambassador Kariyawasam after the event.
Events: Side Panel Event - Voices from the North
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
Room XiX - Palai Des Nationas, Geneva, Zwitzerland
Photos: Jayalalithaa’s memo to PM Modi: From dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamils to Cauvery, here’s top points
Posted Date: 15/06/2016 (Wednesday)
News: US fears military uprising in Sri Lanka?
Posted Date: 15/06/2016 (Wednesday)
Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang has advised the Sri Lanka Government on how to implement proposals of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). On China's unqualified support for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, which annoys the world human rights lobby, Ambassador Yi Xianliang said that China is against outside interference in domestic affairs. He also advised Sri Lankan leaders to see that the reconciliation mechanisms suggested by the UNHRC do not themselves create new conflicts. He also said, it would be ill-advised to put reconciliation before development because it is only all round equitable development that will prevent social, political and economic conflicts.
News: Oral Statement by PasumaiThaayagam on Accountability, Justice and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 32nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Posted Date: 14/06/2016 (Tuesday)
Pasumai Thaayagam congratulates and appreciates the UNHRC for a decade of upholding human rights within its member states. We, on behalf of the victims in Sri Lanka also thank the High Commissioner and his office for the excellent work they continue to do, as highlighted in the updates provided yesterday and look forward to the High Commissioner’s oral report later. Weappeal to this Council to continue working towards ensuring the implementation of Resolution 30/1 in full, providing relevant assistance

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