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Photos: Two arrested with LTTE flag, uniform and bombs
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
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Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
News: Wartime FM urges govt to renounce Geneva Resolution
Posted Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday said that Sri Lanka should ‘totally and unilaterally renounce’ the controversial Geneva Resolution 30/1 on accountability issues. Bogollagama said the government should review its stand on the non-binding resolution in the wake of the US quitting the 47-member Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The EP Governor, who was wartime Foreign Minister (January 2007 to April 2010) emphasised that there couldn’t be any justification for expecting Sri Lanka to continue with the Geneva process after the very country that spearheaded a high profile project leading to the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government co-sponsoring the resolution against our country had quit the Geneva body.
News: Visiting US defence scholar pays courtesy call on CDS
Posted Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
Dr. Geoffrey F. Gresh, Department Head of International Security Studies - National Defense University in Washington, D.C and Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), paid a courtesy call on Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne on Wednesday (20th June, 2018) at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS) at BMICH. He was accompanied by LTC Douglas Hess, Defence attache, US Embassy. A cordial discussion was held between the delegates on matters of mutual interest and cooperation. The two officials also discussed matters related to Indian Ocean Security dynamics and maritime security cooperation in the region. Mementos were also exchanged subsequent to the discussion.
News: US Congress Considers Human Rights in Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel Submitted a Statement
Posted Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
Today, 20 June 2018, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the US Committee on Foreign Affairs heard evidence on “Human Rights Concerns in Sri Lanka.” The Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) submitted a written statement to the Subcommittee to provide information useful to its task. The MAP pointed out to the Subcommittee that:
Events: Speaking Silence: Sri Lanka's Disappeared
Posted Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
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News: US quits UN human rights council – 'a cesspool of political bias' Nikki Haley says council is ‘protector of human rights abusers’ that targets Israel in particular and ignores atrocities elsewhere
Posted Date: 20/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday, calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel in particular while ignoring atrocities in other countries. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said she had traveled to the council’s headquarters in Geneva a year ago to call for reforms, to no avail. “Regrettably it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded,” Haley told reporters at the state department. “Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council.”
News: Army warns legal action against harbouring absentees, deserters
Posted Date: 20/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka Army yesterday said that they are continuing countrywide operations to arrest its absentees or deserters and warned legal action against those who would be harbouring them. Issuing a statement Sri Lanka Army Headquarters appealed all concerned in earnest to desist from aiding or abetting the army deserters or absentees, harbouring or using them for any anti-social acts since such misdeeds as the Army could not hold any responsibility for such involvements. “It has been noted that sections of Army deserters or those absent without leave (AWOL), some of them still in hiding, are reportedly involved in committing criminal acts, robberies and various anti-social acts in different parts of the island.
Photos: An evaluation on Scientific Investigation of Bronze Tara image from Sri Lanka at the British Museum: A critical evaluation on controversy of its provenance
Posted Date: 20/06/2018 (Wednesday)
News: Paul Sathiyanesan appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Refugee Week 2018
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) welcomes the appointment of Paul Sathiyanesan as a goodwill ambassador for the 20th anniversary of the refugee week. Paul who himself is a refugee from Sri Lanka has become a powerful voice for the forcibly displaced across the world and a powerful example of their resilience and determination to rebuild lives and positively contribute to host communities. He is a deeply inspiring person. Through his powerful personal story, Paul represents the
News: Lost in time Second mass grave discovered in Mannar
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
They found the bones in the sand. The discovery of human skeletal remains were first made in March, when a private soil inspector observed bone-like material found in a sample of soil sent to him for analysis. The soil samples were sent to the inspectors, by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau which was charged with conducting field inspections of land plot 35, Medawachchiya-Talaimannar Road, Mannar in the latter part of 2017. By this time, the previous building, a one storey Sathosa supermarket that stood on this large plot of land, in the heart of Mannar’s Grand Bazaar – an ancient gateway to the island district and its famous port, had been demolished. The demolition was to pave the way for a new three storey construction for a new Sathosa supermarket. However, with the suspicion of the bone fragments found in the soil,
News: SLHRC to probe Jaffna shooting
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the incident where one person died in a shooting carried out by Police in Mallakam, Jaffna. The Commission has launched the investigation following a complaint lodged at the Jaffna District office. Accordingly members of the Commission have visited the crime scene and have obtained witnesses accounts.
News: Oman Post has halted mail service to this South Asian country
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Oman Post has announced that it will temporarily stop receiving any mail to be sent to Sri Lanka, “due to unforeseen circumstances”. In a statement online, the postal agency said, “We would like to inform you that Oman Post will stop accepting P.O. mail to Colombo, Sri Lanka, due to unforeseen circumstances until further notice.” An official from Oman Post told Times of Oman that the decision came from the Sri Lankan authorities: “We received an email that Sri Lanka Post will not be accepting any international mail until further notice.”
News: 'Clergy in prison must be treated equally'
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Centre for Human Rights in Sri Lanka says the 18 Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic and Islamic priests who are serving prison sentences should be treated equally under the provisions of the Prisons Ordinance. Issuing a statement, the centre said the country's applicable law on prisoners is the Prison Ordinance. The centre said if there is a need to provide exceptions for the clergy or other groups,
News: Rs.120 Mn spent on 60-member delegation to UN
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
It was revealed in Parliament today that more than Rs.120 million had been spent for the 60-member delegation which accompanied the President for the United Nations General Assembly sessions in 2016. This was revealed in response to a question asked by MP Udaya Gammanpila on the cost incurred by the government. State Minister Niroshan Perera said the 60-member delegation included several ministers, media personnel and president's staff. The MP asked whether it was a part of good governance to take a large delegation and at such a high cost.
News: Polonnaruwa Inferno ’58 ; 60 Years on...
Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
By K K S Perera When a government, however popular, begins to help racial or religious emotionalism merely because it is a harsh and loud-noised demand made on it, and then interferes in the management and enforcement of law and order for the advantage of its favourites or to win the applause of a crowd, however out of control it may be, disaster is certain. As rumors spread the town was buzzing with people. They collected in groups in streets, exchanging news about an invasion of Polonnaruwa by Tamils from Trincomalee and from Batticaloa. Land development, Irrigation department and Government farms labour gangs made up a regiment of Sinhalese battalion, and were on the rampage beating up Tamil labourers and officials, looting and raping. Polonnaruwa had just a small police station.
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Posted Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
News: Sri Lankan south’s lost ties with south India
Posted Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
The time has come to renew cultural bonds between the Sinhalese people and the art of south India What connects music composer M.S. Viswanathan to a group of Sinhalese people shaking a leg at a weekend party? An all-time hit Sinhala song that was inspired by his rustic 1970s composition ‘Ennadi rakkamma pallakku nelippu’. No celebration or gathering is complete without the Sinhala super-hit ‘Mama gannami karakara bandala’, set to the same tune. Similarly, Ilaiyaraaja’s ‘Machanai paartheengala’ has a popular Sinhala counterpart ‘Sudu asu pita nagala’, widely performed in stage shows and heard in parties.
News: Sri Lanka has never had traitors as committed and enthusiastic as current govt - MR
Posted Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the amendments proposed to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act of 2002 are clearly aimed at assisting foreign courts in the trial of Sri Lankans for offences allegedly committed in Sri Lanka. “This is the latest betrayal by the yahapalana government,” he said, adding that the manner in which the government has been implementing the demands of their foreign patrons should also be taken note of by the public. He claimed that the proposed amendment will widen the applicability of the Act to every country that is a party to any international Convention that involves criminal matters.
News: Five arrested over sword attack in Jaffna, one shot dead
Posted Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Five suspects were arrested by the police in connection with a sword attack incident at Mallakam Junction in Tellippalai, Jaffna last night. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said a 33-year-old man was killed after police opened fire at a group who attempted to assault two policemen with swords. He said the two policemen of the Chunnakam Police Station who were on their way to attend a police duty at Telippalai area had noticed a clash between two groups who were attacking each other with swords and clubs.

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