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News: Tamil diaspora groups urge Commonwealth to exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
A collection of Tamil diaspora groups have called on Commonwealth countries to exercise universal jurisdiction “to provide accountability in cases where Sri Lanka itself fails to act”. In a statement released on Thursday, the organisations said that “Sri Lanka’s current President, Prime Minister and government ministers continue to renege on the promises they made to the international community”. “Sri Lanka’s President and Prime Minister have repeatedly made announcements to the effect that no ‘war heroes’ will be prosecuted, no movement on truth-telling, reparations or a special court with Commonwealth and other foreign judges has been taken and little effort has been
Photos: No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
Videos: Pungudutivu A Disintegrating Island
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
News: Our care for others is the measure of our greatness - EDITORIAL
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Religious leaders have told us that anyone who wishes to be a leader must be ready to be the servant of all and that our care for others is the measure of our greatness. Our political leaders especially need to reflect on this in their hearts and minds as Sri Lanka goes into a crucial period in our history. President Maithripala Sirisena, when he was elected to office in the historic presidential election of January 8, 2015 pledged he would be a servant leader. That means to serve the people selflessly, sincerely, sacrificially and with commitment to work towards a peaceful, just and all inclusive society through unity in diversity.
News: House prorogued fearing impeachment motion by UNP: SLPP
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued Parliament because he feared an impeachment motion to be brought against him by the United National Party (UNP) backbenchers, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today. MP Prasanna Ranatunga told a news conference that the UNP backbenchers were planning to submit a impeachment motion against the President. “They are reaching out to other political parties seeking help in this regard. UNP backbenchers approached JO as well. We informed them that if they brought the motion in a
News: US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under
News: Sri Lanka's central bank among top inflators in Asia in 2017
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's central bank is among top three emerging and developing Asia in 2017 just after Tonga and Mongolia, both countries also suffered currency collapses in 2015/2016 data from the International Monetary Fund shows. Sri Lanka generated 7.1 percent inflation in the year to December 2017 after a currency collapse in 2015 and 2016 and continued to depreciate in 2017, while well-managed Asian nations appreciated their currencies as oil prices rose and the dollar weakened. Mongolia's central bank generated 7.2 percent inflation. Mongolia's tugrik collapsed from 1,878 to the US dollar in December 2014 to 2,432 in December 2017 and has since started to strengthen.
News: Malawi to Receive UK Aid in Tackling Modern Slavery - Commonwealth Countries Unite to End Child Labour and Trafficking
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Malawi will among Commonwealth countries that will receive Britain's support through a 5.5 million pound ($7.8 million) aid package to help eradicate human trafficking and child exploitation as more countries commit to take action to help victims and bring perpetrators to justice. This support, from the Department for International Development and the Home Office, will identify vulnerable people most at risk of child labour and strengthen law enforcement responses in a number of Commonwealth countries to crack down on this horrific crime.
Events: லண்டனில் தமிழர் திருமணங்கள் - புத்தக வெளியீடு
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Woddocote High School, Meadow Rise Coulsdon Croydon CR5 2EH
Events: தமிழீழ நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் நினைவுநாள் – 2018 – மெல்பேர்ண்
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
St Jude Parish Hall, 49 George St, Scoresby, Vic 3179
Events: இன்னிசை மாலை
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Corelli College, Corelli Road, Blackheath london SE3 8EP
News: Govt. to deploy Navy to protect tourists if necessary – John Narcotics blamed for violence in tourist hot spots
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga yesterday blamed the increasing use of synthetic drugs in tourist hot spots in Sri Lanka for violent incidents. Addressing the media at Samudra Hotel in Colombo, Minister Amaratunga said dangerous drugs such as hashish and synthetic drugs such as ‘Ecstasy,’ ‘Crystal Meth,’ ‘Ice,’ ‘Ketamine’ and ‘LSD’ were now available in tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. About eleven foreigners had been arrested with narcotics in their possession and 18 cases were pending against Sri Lankans in High Courts in the coastal areas, police said.
News: Aid, influence and ‘strategic anxiety’ in the Pacific
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
In February 2018, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced his new government’s commitment to revitalising relations with the Pacific. He argued that a renewed foreign policy focus on the Pacific is necessary because the region has ‘become an increasingly contested strategic space’ and an area of ‘strategic anxiety’ for Australia and New Zealand. This claim echoes recent comments from Australian journalists and think-tank contributors. The Pacific is certainly attracting the interest of a number of external states. But few of them
Photos: “CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
Events: Book Launch: War, Denial and Nation-Building in Sri-Lanka by Dr Rachel Seoighe
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
The College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT.
News: TUs to hold joint May Day rally on May 1: JTU
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Trade unions will hold thei joint May Day rally as usual on May 1, the Joint Trade Union (JTU) said condemning the government’s decision to reschedule the rally to May 7. In a statement, JTU Joint Secretary Anton Marcus said the government had not even discussed postponing the May Day with the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) prior to arriving at the decision. “It was back in 1956 that the May Day was declared a public, bank and mercantile holiday. After 62 years, the Yahapalana Government issued a gazette notification declaring this day as
News: Minister Announces crackdown on tuition Teachers who hassle pupils Warned
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday (18), urged the public to call the Ministry hotline 1988 if there are complaints regarding incidents in which schoolteachers are found harassing students who do not attend tuition classes conducted by them. During a meeting with Education Officials, the Minister gave instructions to take strict disciplinary actions against such teachers who force students to attend tuition classes conducted by them directly or indirectly. Kariyawasam gave these instructions following complaints he received from parents that
News: President thanks Lord Naseby for constant support
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Lord Baron Naseby, a member of the British House of Lords, met with President Maithripala Sirisena in London, yesterday (18). Lord Baron Naseby appreciating the development programme conducted by Sri Lanka ensured to provide fullest assistance as a true ally of Sri Lanka. Thus the Baron, who appreciated the programme of reconciliation said that the duty done by Sri Lanka in the post war era is in quite a good standard compared to other countries.
News: Time ripe for growth in Iran-Sri Lanka ties: Larijani
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Ali Larijani, the Iranian Parliament Speaker, told the media, on Wednesday upon arriving in Sri Lanka, that Iran and Sri Lanka should increase their trade interactions and develop political and trade ties. “Iran has always have had good relations with Sri Lank in areas of trade and politics, although with tides and ebbs but it has always been in place,” said the Speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani on Wednesday upon arriving in Sri Lanka while addressing the news reporters and journalists. Mr. Larijani along with a 36-strong delegation arrived in Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo on Wednesday at 7.10 pm local time and was officially welcomed at the Bandaranaike
News: 'Political instability is advantageous to JO'
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
United Peoples Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella says the prevailing political instability is advantageous to the Joint Opposition. Speaking to media in Kandy the MP said more MP’s are expected to cross over to the opposition. The MP stated that today 16 SLFP members crossed over and another 10 are to cross over as well.

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