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News: The new arms race: American businesses vs. China’s government money How we outsourced foreign aid to private companies
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
In early October, the Trump administration formally rebooted development aid to compete with China’s expansive aid program that seeks to create a new world order for trade. The maneuver was part of the administration’s response to China’s state-driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a program that will spend an estimated $1 trillion on development
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News: PM, ministers not removed; only functions suspended: GL
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The Court of Appeal's restraining order had only stopped the prime minister and the ministers from functioning in their offices and had not declared them unlawful, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) chairman G. L. Peiris said today. He said there was a misconception that the posts of prime minister and those of the ministers had fallen vacant.
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News: President to appoint new govt. if P’ment undissolved: SLFP
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party yesterday made an “appeal” to the Judiciary to deliver the decision on the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament soon to “save the country from anarchy.”
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News: Sri Lanka needs its own leaders
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
We are in the era of chaos. Breaking news has now become very common because of some sections of media. People talk about corruption, discipline, and all the weaknesses of politicians. But how many among the general public in Sri Lanka would like to reflect on their own behaviour? A country should be governed by people, not by politicians, but do we have people like that? Many of the so-called ‘general public’ do not have any plan to
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News: Former DIG Nalaka de Silva further remanded
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
Former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who was arrested by the CID in connection with an alleged assassination plot targeting the President and former Defence Secretary, has been further remanded until December 19. The former Director of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) was arrested by the CID
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News: Investigate President’s claims on bribing MPs-TISL
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
Transparency International Sri Lanka has called on the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to consider the statement by President Maithripala Sirisena in the on-going investigation into allegations of attempts to bribe Parliamentarians.
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News: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has given the interim statement on the human rights situation in 2018 in the FCO’s 30 human rights priority countries.
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
In July, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) published its annual Human Rights and Democracy Report. As ever, the report offered a snapshot of the global human rights situation over the previous year, and gave details of the UK Government’s work to advance universal human rights around the world.
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Photos: After War’s End, a Long Struggle to Patch Invisible Wounds in Sri Lanka A government psychiatrist in Sri Lanka goes door to door in an area scarred by civil war, doing whatever he can to meet a staggering need for help.
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
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Videos: Corporal expects to travel to Point Pedro on a wheelchair
Posted Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
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News: Sri Lanka President faces fresh challenge over his mental health
Posted Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena Monday faced a new challenge from an unexpected source questioning his mental condition to govern the country as a political crisis triggered by him dragged without any sign of resolution. A public interest case was filed by a woman activist identified as Thakshila Jayawardena who argued that “irrational” behavior of the president was due to severe stress of adjusting to an urban life style, depression caused by the recent arrest of his chief of staff while taking a bribe and genetics.
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News: Ranil adept at playing games only in the party: Navin calls for changing UNP’s structure
Posted Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
UNP National Organiser and MP Navin Dissanayake has demanded that changes be effected to the UNP’s structure and the party make the best use of its Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa. Dissanayake said, at a meeting of the UNP’s Hatton-Muskeliya organisation over the weekend, that UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was adept at what he called playing games inside the party, but could not do so
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News: Ranil won’t be PM even confidence motion passed: PHU
Posted Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would not be appointed as the Prime Minster even if the confidence motion would be passed in Parliament, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. The UNP is to move a Confidence Motion on Wednesday in Parliament pledging solidarity with its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.
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News: Two pieces of bones in Mannar mass grave bear signs of torture
Posted Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
The discovery of two pieces of human bones, bound by a cable, has caused serious concern to the experts engaged in excavating the Mannar mass grave; they wonder whether some of the people buried there had been tortured. The two pieces of bone were recovered on Friday (7).
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Events: 70 Minutes for Human Rights
Posted Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
Clattern Lecture Theatre, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road
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News: Nostalgic memories of home of Lankan doctor living in the UK
Posted Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
My head gets clouded with images of the past as I write this in the fading twilight of a winter’s day in England. I left the comfort and sanctuary of my home in Sri Lanka for the bright lights of London exactly 44 years ago. Bringing up children and building up a career has taken much time and effort. Now that too seems a distant memory.
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News: EP Para-military groups still possess weapons - TNPF organizer
Posted Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
Tamil National People’s Front Batticaloa District Organizer Suresh Tharmalingam hinted that there are several para military groups which murdered and terrified the people of the Eastern Province in the ‘90s, that have not officially handed over their weapons and it is high time the Government confiscates those weapons.
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News: Prez making bogus claims about 19A : JVP
Posted Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today the President’s claim that 19th Amendment to the Constitution was brought in haste was baseless and said it was discussed for months prior to its approval in Parliament. JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the President was trying to take the credit for positives in 19A while passing the buck on the negatives to others.
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News: Sri Lanka: Tamil Rights Are Human Rights
Posted Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
As the Sinhalese in the South rise up in protest against a threat to their democracy and constitution in the wake of a political crisis brought about by a power struggle between two feuding Sinhala parties in Sri Lanka, for Tamils, the subjugated race in the island, there is an urgency which necessitates the reiteration of some historical truths – that needs to be heard by the world, as it celebrates two landmark enactments that restated human rights principles like never before – that Tamil rights and freedoms are not to be trampled upon – that those
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News: How does the situation in Sri Lanka affect the Diaspora in UK?
Posted Date: 30/11/2018 (Friday)
It is now commonplace for the diaspora to talk privately among themselves about the importance of innovation for a new strategy to achieve the goal of visibly helping their kith and kin back home. This soul search has been accelerated recently, after the disruption of life for all citizens of Sri Lanka after two episodes on 26 October and 14 November 2018 respectively, when Parliamentarians “ran wantonly angry at each other,” seemingly at the behest of power hungry men of two political parties, for personal gain.
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Events: Tamil national heros day
Posted Date: 27/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Excel London Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gate Way, London E16 1XL
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