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News: British Council outpaces Provincial Councils with landmark survey in the provinces
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
Despite the fact that no Provincial Council or other local administrative body had been able to effectively support by chipping in with vital data and statistics on the state of social enterprises in Sri Lanka, a survey commissioned by the British Council yesterday came out with a comprehensive report which reveals the exciting breadth, depth and the potential of social enterprises in Sri Lanka. The unprecedented clarity with which it was produced could be a catalyst in opening the eyes of provincial authorities to build their own databases to improve efficiency and relevance in policy making for their respective provinces.
News: North to embark on hartal today
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
A hartal will be staged today (29), in the Northern Province, urging that justice be done by the six-year-old child who was murdered earlier this week in Kattupulam- Chulipuram in Jaffna. Villagers and civil society groups in Kattupulam-Chulipuram called the hartal in solidarity with the child’s family. Meanwhile, protests were staged yesterday (28) in various parts of Jaffna urging justice for the victim. The students of the Kattupulam Government Mixed School held a protest at the Chulipuram Junction along with the villagers, while Jaffna University students staged a procession from the University to the Palaly Road, where they displayed slogans whilst standing on both sides of the Road.
News: Put these criminals behind bars!
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The recent spate of killings by members of the underworld has made the Government accept that the situation must be checked before it gets out of hand. This was confirmed by reports related to the recent Defence Council Meeting-chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena- during which there was a huge showing of concern regarding the ‘underworld raising its ugly head’. Just last month Sri Lanka celebrated the ninth anniversary after the ruthless tiger rebels were crushed. That hard-earned peace has in recent times been shattered by incidents of shootings, rape, killings and looting. The perpetrators have been members of criminal gangs and what’s worrying is that they have links with politicians.
News: Canada wants SL to work better
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
Canada has encouraged Sri Lanka to continue on the important steps taken to re-engage the country with the international community and will assist as a longstanding partner. In a statement issued on the occasion of Canada Day, High Commissioner David McKinnon said Canada is also drawing on their own experience as a bilingual country to support the implementation of Sri Lanka's Official Languages Act. He said Canada believes strengthening inclusion, reconciliation and the rule of law is in the interests of all Sri Lankans and are encouraged by initial steps taken to operationalize the Office of Missing Persons, and continues to call on Sri Lanka to fully implement the
News: US tells Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The United States has urged Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking. The call was made in an annual report released by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on human trafficking. Pompeo will unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at the US State Department yesterday (Thursday). On Sri Lanka, the report says while respecting due process, Sri Lanka must improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected traffickers, including complicit officials, and convict and punish offenders with sentences commensurate with other serious crimes.
News: Protect our children
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The body of a six-year school-girl who had been sexually assaulted and strangled was found in a well close to her home in Kattupulam, Chulipuram in Jaffna earlier in the week. A 22-year-old man who has allegedly confessed to the murder has been arrested by the Vaddukoddai Police and remanded. As we reported yesterday, the suspect was arrested along with five others and produced before Mallakam Magistrate on Wednesday. The main suspect is said to have confessed that he took the child away from her home to steal her jewellery. However, Police investigations have found that the father of the child had
News: Wijeweera’s wife files petition to produce him before court
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The wife of former JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera has filed a habeas corpus petition before the Appeal Court requesting to order the government to produce her husband before an appropriate court or to release him. The petitioner, Srimathi Chithrangani Wijeweera, states that her husband, the founding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), went missing after being arrested by the government during the insurgency in 1989. Twelve individuals including the Attorney General have been named as responds in the habeas corpus petition.
News: Group pledges $3-million to U of T for chair in Tamil studies
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
A group from the Tamil community in Canada and the United States is teaming up to pledge $3-million to create a chair in Tamil studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The pledge, made by Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress, includes raising funds to support an endowment for a full-time chair position that will explore aspects of Tamil language, history and culture through research and scholarship. “Language is an integral part of Tamil identity," says Sivan Ilangko, vice-president of the Canadian Tamil Congress and a director of Tamil Chair Inc. “This initiative will not only help the academic advancement of the language, it will help open it up and share it with the rest of the world.”
News: Reparations Office Bill gazetted
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The Bill to provide for the establishment of the Office for Reparations has been gazetted by the Government. The Bill, published under the orders of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be presented in Parliament for the First Reading shortly. The Bill provides for the provision of individual and collective reparations for aggrieved persons. As per the Bill, “aggrieved persons” mean persons who have suffered a violation of human rights or humanitarian law, their relatives and missing persons.
News: Govt. to release Rs. 10 b development finance: PM
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Government plans to release Rs. 10 billion in development finance to the private sector, particularly targeted at large-scale companies willing to expand their businesses overseas and improve competitiveness, an upbeat Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced this week. Speaking at the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, Wickremesinghe noted that the Finance Ministry was in the midst of formulating a Development Finance Corporation, but ahead of its establishment the Government would earmark Rs. 10 billion to be released to the private sector. He also said the Government would be willing to increase the threshold if the private sector required additional funding.
News: Dispute over toddy leads to child’s murder
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
In a shocking development, it has come to light, following investigations conducted by the Police that a dispute over stolen toddy had led to the revenge killing of a six-year-old girl of Kattupulam, Chulipuram in Jaffna. This had been revealed when a 22-year-old suspect who had been arrested by Vaddukoddai Police confessed to the murder, Police said. The suspect was arrested along with five others and produced before Mallakam Magistrate last morning. Following his confession the main suspect was remanded till 11 July, while the other five were enlarged on bail.
News: Bilateral Cooperation with HRCSL would Resolve Pending Screening Issues of UN Peacekeepers
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka as one of the Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) to the United Nations (UN) since the year 2004 has been in the practice of sending her troops for UN Peacekeeping assignments in large groups in close collaboration with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO). To be in line with the UN Secretary General’s decision No. 2012/18 on 11 December 2012 in relation to ‘screening of UN personnel for Human Rights’, the Sri Lanka Army, consequent upon discussions with the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDPKO and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) resolved that an own national mechanism be followed with respect to independent screening of personnel through the HRCSL.
News: So who wants Provincial Councils now?
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
The terms of the North-Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils expired in September 2017 and those of the Central, Northern and North-Western Provincial Councils will end this September. As of now, there’s no sign that the Government is interested in holding these elections. Perhaps being decimated at the local government elections in February 2018 has made the Yahapalana bigwigs wary of facing the people. Perhaps they feel it’s best to wait for a winner-takes-much General Election of a winner-takes-even-more Presidential Election rather than risk another debacle that would take away whatever oomph is left in the regime, we don’t know for sure. The government is sitting on the matter, that is clear.
News: Images from Vanni at Geneva exhibition
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
In the absence of a government initiative to counter pro-LTTE Diaspora elements propagating lies, the Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has organised a three-day public exhibition at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) early next month. The exhibition will begin on July 2 (9 am to 4 pm). Ajantha Premaratne of the GSLF told The Island that the exhibition was meant to highlight restoration of peace in Sri Lanka following the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009. Premaratne said that the exhibition was part of the GSLF’s initiatives to counter Eelam propaganda meant to pile on the pressure on Sri Lanka.
News: Cabraal says New York Times article is ‘fake’ news
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has refuted the allegations made in a recent article published by The New York Times, referring to it as ‘fake’ news which has violated the truth and a gross misrepresentation of facts. The New York Times article dated 25 June 2018 titled “How China got Sri Lanka to cough up a Port,” written by Maria Abi-Habib, had made certain accusations pertaining to China’s acquisition of the strategic Hambantota port from Sri Lanka while highlighting Beijing’s “debt trap” and ambitious use of loans to gain influence around the world. The report says feasibility studies had found that the port would not work and “frequent lenders” like India had refused to provide loans or assistance for the port, developed during Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule.
Videos: Inclusive and sustainable justice in Afghanistan
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
Videos: President Najibullah and the National Reconciliation Policy
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
News: Sri Lanka: Deplorable threats against human rights defender
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently take action against those threatening human rights defender Sandhya Eknaligoda, Amnesty International said today. Over recent days, Sandhya Eknaligoda, a distinguished campaigner against enforced disappearances and the wife of disappeared cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, has been subject to a barrage of hate, abuse, intimidation, harassment and death threats on social media. “The threats against Sandhya Eknaligoda are extremely worrying. The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently and effectively take appropriate action against those who seek to cause her harm,” said Dinushika Dissanayake, Deputy South Asia Director at Amnesty International.
News: Sri Lanka’s outlook remains stable but is conditional on reforms: World Bank
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
World Bank says a challenging domestic political environment has already taken a toll, slowing down some reforms and complicating the stable medium-term outlook and an impending election cycle which will only elevate this risk. World Bank, releasing its June 2018 edition of the Sri Lanka Development Update said the reforms are expected to bring in long-term benefits enhancing competitiveness, improving governance and streamlining public financial management. “Delays in improving tax administration are among the risks Sri Lanka must confront on the fiscal front,” the report said.
News: UN Human Rights Council Urged to Remove Sri Lankan Ambassador from Leading Social Forum: TGTE
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In an urgent appeal to the President of UN Human Rights Council H.E. Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, the Minister for sports of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Mr. Aiyathurai Jeyakumar, urged the President of the Council to revoke the appointment of H.E. Mr. A.L Abdul Azeez as the Chairperson-Rapporteur for the 2018 Social Forum. While TGTE congratulated UN Human Rights Council for coming up with the theme for the 2018 Social Forum namely, “the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them”, it noted that choosing the permanent representative of Sri Lanka to lead the 2018 Social Forum is an affront to the Human Rights Council and a snub to the Human Rights norms in general.

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