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News: The terror of counter-terror laws
Posted Date: 22/10/2018 (Monday)
With the second reading of the Counter Terrorism Bill scheduled for Tuesday (23), rights activists are still raising grave concerns about the proposed legislation. For about 40 years, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) served as a license for torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearances, and prolonged detention. Three years have passed since the governmental commitment to repeal it, and it must be done now.
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News: CID Says It Has Sufficient Evidence To Arrest CDS: Beleaguered Admiral Makes Public Appearance With Sirisena
Posted Date: 21/10/2018 (Sunday)
Sirisena and Wijegunaratne were seen sharing the stage together at the ‘Sathviru Abhiman’ military welfare event in Colombo, attended by soldiers and their family members. The event took place a day before the case relating to the killings of the 11 youth came before the Colombo Fort Magistrate. On behalf of the CID, IP Nishantha Silva informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Admiral Wijegunaratne
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Events: மூத்த ஊடகவியலாளர் இரா துரைரத்தினத்தின் செய்திகளின் மறுபக்கம் நூல் வெளியீட்டு விழா
Posted Date: 21/10/2018 (Sunday)
Delta academy INC, 1160 Birchmount Road, U 1B, Scarborough, ON MIP 2B9
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News: Keeping ends warm with India
Posted Date: 20/10/2018 (Saturday)
This is a country which is harping on solving its ‘national question’; how to find a viable solution to the grievances of the minority Tamils. But despite this question being spoken about in the open, there is a question that seems to be addressed behind closed doors. That question is; how to unite the president and the prime minister?
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Events: சமகாலத் தத்துவம் குறித்த சந்திப்பும் கருத்துப் பகிர்வும்
Posted Date: 20/10/2018 (Saturday)
Trinity Center East Avenue, Eastham, London, E12 6SG
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News: Mollycoddling Sri Lanka doesn’t work
Posted Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Mark Field, Britain’s Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, recently penned a terrible op-ed in The Daily Mirror. The piece coincided with a visit to the country. “First, it is important to recognise the positives,” Field writes. He cites the work of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), land returns and demining.
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News: Sri Lankan President calls Modi, rejects assassination attempt reports
Posted Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday rejected media reports alleging an Indian hand in a plot to assassinate him and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka during a telephone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena called Prime Minister Modi today," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.
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News: SL reverses $300mn China housing deal ahead of PM's India visit
Posted Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its South Asian neighbour. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet his counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday in New Delhi, the Indian capital, for talks. The two countries have long-standing ties, partly
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News: North, island’s highest job creator - WB ‘SL should be transshipment hub in Indian Ocean’
Posted Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Uhana Rajagala archaeological site in Ampara on Tuesday. Picture courtesy Prime Minister’s Media Division We should learn from our history centred on Anuradhapura and transform the country into a transhipment hub in the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
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News: North, island’s highest job creator - WB
Posted Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
The Northern Province added around 78,000 jobs between 2011 and 2015, a 22 per cent increase in the labour force in the Province, which is also the largest percentage increase in the country, the World Bank (WB) in a report released on 9 October said. However, the jobs added to the labour force were predominantly concentrated in the Jaffna and Vavuniya Districts, two districts with relatively low poverty rates, it said.
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Photos: Trump Embraces Foreign Aid to Counter China’s Global Influence
Posted Date: 18/10/2018 (Thursday)
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News: Hambantota as forward Chinese military base: Distraction from real problem
Posted Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
America’s Vice-President Mike Pence has warned that Hambantota ‘may soon become a forward military base’ for the PLA Navy. In a speech at Hudson institute, Pence launched a broadside against China’s ‘predatory’ trade, ‘debt diplomacy’, ‘coercion’ and military ‘aggression’; he referenced to the Chinese-funded Hambantota port, of which the majority stake is owned by China’s state owned port operator, China Merchants. Though these concerns are usual American refrain, the latest might have much do with buttressing President Trump’s plan to levy taxes on an additional US $
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News: Sri Lanka President drops assassination bombshell, accuses India
Posted Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena shocked his cabinet Tuesday by accusing neighbouring India of plotting to assassinate him on the eve of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to New Delhi, a ministerial source said. A visibly upset Sirisena accused his senior coalition partner, the United National Party (UNP), of not taking an alleged conspiracy to kill him as well as former secretary to the ministry of defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, seriously.
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Events: Conference- DR Congo Invaded
Posted Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
UK Parliament, Committee Room 9
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News: Sri Lanka PM emphasizes on protecting environment, managing natural resources with development
Posted Date: 16/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a special program will be prepared to protect the environment during the next 10 years. The Premier said the policy of the government is to protect the nature and Sri Lanka is striving to protect the environment together with
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News: War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander
Posted Date: 16/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Editor’s Note: This piece responds to ‘In Defence of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka’, a report published by the the Global Sri Lanka Forum that appraises a report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka.
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Photos: Sri Lanka, the land of the disappeared – a photo essay
Posted Date: 16/10/2018 (Tuesday)
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Events: Public Meeting with Hon. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in Melbourne
Posted Date: 14/10/2018 (Sunday)
Alvie Hall, 314 High St Rd (Cnr of Alvie Rd), Mount Waverley VIC 3149, Melbourne, Australia
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Events: பனைமரக்காடு : The Statement
Posted Date: 14/10/2018 (Sunday)
Yarl Function Theatre, 221 A, Went Worth Avenue, Pendi hill
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News: Sri Lanka Supreme Court affirms death penalty of Duminda Silva
Posted Date: 13/10/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Thursday confirmed the death sentence handed down the former defence ministry monitoring MP Duminda Silva for the murder of a fellow legislator and three others. The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep affirmed the conviction and punishment given by the High Court in September 2016 for the murder that took place during an election campaign in 2011.
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