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News: Media Release on a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project)
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which has been established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 14 of 2016 as amended by Act No. 09 of 2017)[1] is the permanent and independent entity in Sri Lanka that is vested with the tasks of, inter alia, searching and tracing of missing persons and clarifying the circumstances in which such persons went missing, and their fate; making recommendations to the relevant authorities towards reducing the incidents of missing
News: Sri Lanka extends financial access to villagers
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has made a commitment to expand financial access to the poorest of the poor people living in remote rural areas through a financial inclusion scheme, official sources divulged. Sri Lanka is a land of 14,000 villages and a majority of the country’s population, nearly 80 per cent, lives in villages. Financial needs of these villages are being served by an estimated 14,000 financial institutions in the country, which directly or indirectly provide micro credit facilities. A majority of these financial institutions are either financial NGOs, not-for-profits or organisations that follow local cooperative societies.
News: The culprits visited Kilinochchi and left with money – MR
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Commenting on the Government issuing an extraordinary Gazette Notification, placing 14 individuals, suspected of links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and now living abroad, on a list of designated persons, banned from entry to Sri Lanka, Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the move comes in the wake of the 14 arriving in the island, travelling to Kilinochchi, getting what they wanted done and leaving with monies. The former President noted that in light of this, the issuing of the gazette was laughable as it was akin to closing the stable door once the horse has bolted. “At a time when the majority of the countries in the world are acting against terrorism, why is the Government of Sri Lanka following a lax policy and according to whose agenda?” He queried.
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
The Sri Lanka Army denied reports that it was withdrawing several formations from the North and the East. Issuing a media release, the Army said this is a canard reportedly made by disgruntled political elements desperately attempting to mislead the public. “The Sri Lanka Army categorically denies having taken any such decision, nor has it contemplated implementing a move of that nature at all as alleged by those elements who try to showcase that ‘they’ are more patriotic than members of the armed forces in the country,” the release said.
News: Refugees and widows - Let conscience be our guide
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
This week, the international community marks two important events -- World Refugee Day on June 20 and World Widows’ Day today. Both refugees and widows have been oppressed or marginalised to a large extent and we need to deeply reflect on the issues. This reflection is essential though the United States President Donald Trump -- who says he wants to make America great again -- has instead created an America alone crisis by his hard or cruel policy against refugees, the latest being the order to separate refugee children from their families. But the chaotic and dangerously-unpredictable US leader revoked his own order under international and internal pressure even from his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka.
News: Will not let terrorism rise again: Dy. Minister
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
In reference to the incident, where several military type equipment and uniform belonging to the LTTE were detected in a three-wheeler at the Peraru Junction in Oddusuddan on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara said yesterday the Government would not allow terrorism to raise its head again. Addressing a news briefing, he said the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) officers were conducting a special investigation into the incident. “Since Sri Lanka is a country, which was embroiled in a civil war for nearly 30 years, it is not surprising that buried weapons are being found in areas where there was a war at one time,” Minister said.
News: ‘Hitler’ comparison hurts Sri Lanka presidential hopeful
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
A senior Buddhist monk counselling former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to emulate Hitler and establish a military dictatorship may have seriously hurt his bid for the presidency, according to close associates. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Vendaruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by urging him to follow the German dictator Hitler and take over the country even if it means establishing military rule. The monk, delivering a sermon at the private home of Rajapaksa, prayed that the youngest among the Rajapaksa siblings should be the next leader of Sri Lanka as the country needed a “Sinhala Buddhist leader.”
News: Golden opportunity to find new co-sponsor: HR activist
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has the golden opportunity of finding a new co-sponsor and going in for an alternative and interim UN resolution as the US has pulled out from the UNHRC, said Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, former Commissioner of Human Rights Commission. Commenting on the latest development, Dr. Mahanamahewa said the US-Sri Lanka sponsored 2015 resolution in a nutshell says that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes and therefore, a hybrid court should be established to investigate charges. “However, the US says the UNHRC is of no use and like a cesspool. The US also accused the council of being biased and not protecting human rights of a country. We can embark on this
Events: பேராசிரியர் நா சுப்பிரமணியனுடனான கலந்துரையாடலும் கலாநிதி கௌசல்யா சுப்பிரமணியனின் இரு நூல்களின் அறிமுகமும்.
Posted Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
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News: Towards the 2020 Presidential Elections
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
Many names are surfacing in discussion forums about who should be the next president of Sri Lanka. Once the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka declares the date for the Presidential Elections by the end of 2019 we’ll see all political parties making public their nominees for the post of president. President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he wishes to continue in politics. This would make him a likely candidate for this coveted post along with others including UNP Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the much talked about former Defence Secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa. Most people have a love-hate relationship with former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, now pursuing a political career in an island nation that’s choking with debts, lawlessness and rising cost of living.
News: If Gota is going to be President, God help this country!
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
• Judges of this country should be bold and be able to do justice • Wickremesinghe is grooming Sajith, Ravi, Akila, Harin, Sagala and me for the UNP Leadership • If he doesn’t allow young leaders to come up, things won’t be favourable for him • UNP isn’t all about Wickremesinghe and Premadasa • The hub of extreme Sinhala Buddhist groups is Gota • UNP and the Government aren’t given a fair hearing by media • We’re working on obtaining at least 40% of the Sinhala votes • Arjuna Mahendran isn’t a good friend of RW anymore. Arjuna’s appointment was very controversial Plantation Industries Minister and UNP’s National Organizer Navin Dissanayake in an interview with the Dailymirror shared his views about the UNP’s political future and the ongoing matters related to politics in the country. Excerpts:
News: 14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations No. 01 of 2012 has been made through a gazette issued by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Kapila Waidyaratne. Among the individuals included to the list are LTTE intelligence leaders ‘Seel Maran’, ‘Parathan’ and ‘Siranjeew Master’ as well as the terrorist organization’s international financial leader Sivasubramaniyam Jeyaganesh a.k.a Ganesh.
News: Gnanasara Thero granted bail
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has been granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate’s Court. He was ordered released on two personal bonds of Rs 500,000 each by the Homagama Magistrate Sudesh Ranatunga, who also barred Ven. Gnanasara Thero from leaving the country. The magistrate ordered to notify the Immigration and Emigration Controller regarding the decision. Ven. Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment on June 14, for
News: Govt. to probe Kilinochchi leopard killing
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The government today said a special investigation will be conducted into the killing of a leopard in Ambalakulam, Kilinochchi. The matter was taken up for debate in Parliament by JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake. MP Ratnayake said the assault and killing of the leopard by several youth has led to much controversy today and questioned what measures the Ministry of Wildlife is preparing to take regarding the matter including to call for an investigation promptly.
News: Regaining GSP+ Seafood exports increased by 125%
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The fisheries industry comprises close to two per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), contributes value addition of more than US$ 1,300 million, creates 222,000 direct jobs and supports more than 191,000 households, a statement, quoting a speech made by Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera at a symposium on Sustainable Development Goals held in Colombo yesterday (21), said. He also said that with the reinstatement of the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) last May (2017), there has been a 125 per cent increase in seafood exports to the European Union (EU) in that year alone. Sustainable resource management is essential in order to successfully export to markets such as the EU, said Samaraweera. Being an island, Sri Lanka owes much to the Indian Ocean, as it has become indispensable
Photos: Two arrested with LTTE flag, uniform and bombs
Posted Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
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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:

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