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News: Show me a leader who has not supported federalism
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
First govt. to suggest removal of ‘unitary state’ was one led by CBK UNP, LTTE agreed to explore solution to ethnic problem within framework of federalism Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara says 13A, which brought in federal structure, should be revoked Almost all political parties in the country or the leaders of them had at least once in their history been supportive of the federal system The proposals for Constitutional reforms prepared by that government in 1995 and popularly called ‘package’ described Sri Lanka as “a union of regions.”
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News: UN expert on transitional justice to review progress in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 23 October 2017, to examine the progress made in redressing the legacies of massive past violations and abuses, including those that resulted from a conflict that spanned more than 25 years. In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka committed itself to designing and implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy.
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News: TNA takes up NE re-merger with UK ...promises ‘constitutional protection’ to prevent separation
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
TNA leader R. Sampanthan has called for re-merger of the Eastern and Northern Provinces during talks with visiting UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field at Westminster House in Colombo. Supreme Court de-merged the Eastern Province from the North in Oct 2006. The two provinces were linked in accordance with the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987 pending a referendum that was never held.
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Photos: Media Freedom: Perspective from Jaffna
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
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Photos: Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
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Events: Dr.Arunasalam Sivapathasunderam Memorial Lecture: "Tarnished children of Northern Sri Lanka"
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
Kailasapathy Auditorium, University of Jaffna
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Videos: Interview with Vasudeva Nanayakkara
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
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News: OPINION: Sri Lanka's attempt to revive Enforced Disappearances Bill
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
The enthusiasm shown by Sri Lankan government to get this controversial bill passed should be a matter of grave concern. How is it that the government is so interested in pushing this legislation when they show scant interest in everything else? Sri Lanka had planned to take up the ‘Bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance’ for debate in Parliament in July
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News: One of the largest engineering players in aid to Asia was hit with World Bank sanctions. What happens now?
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
Australian-based SMEC, one of the world’s largest engineering services for aid and development projects, and four of its subsidiaries have been debarred by the World Bank for 108 months collectively for bribery and misrepresentation in its South Asia projects. The announcement was made last Thursday, with the World Bank revealing that the five SMEC subsidiaries made inappropriate payments in relation to World Bank-financed projects
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News: Hindu Jagran Manch and Vishwa Hindu Parishad stage protest
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
Members of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar on Tuesday. They have demanded that military assistance should be extended to Government of Myanmar to stop attempted annihilation of Hindus in Rakhain, Myanmar. The Hindus in Rakhain have been living there for over 100 years and never
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News: Officials Ordered To Distribute Saudi Built Homes
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the relevant officials to distribute tsunami houses constructed in Akkaraipattu by the Saudi Arabian government. The President had last week met officials of the Attorney General’s Department and others and instructed them to secure the release of the houses to be distributed in January to Muslim families. He had also said that he will seek the assistance of the Saudi government to renovate the houses if required.
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Photos: Govt using the word ‘unitary’ to create federal state - Abayathissa Thero
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
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Events: Free Mindfulness Programme at the EEP Drop-in
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, 76A Coombe Road, Norbiton, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7AZ
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News: Sri Lanka opposition party to protest airport deal to Indian company
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and several left-wing parties, said they will protest on Friday against the proposed 40-year lease to an Indian company of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa
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News: Govt. strengthened parliamentary democracy -PM
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the present government has strengthened the parliamentary democracy through the enactment of several Acts. Addressing the house, the Prime Minister said the enactment of the 19th Constitutional Amendment paved the way for the establishment independent commissions. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the incumbent government established a number of
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News: Sampanthan Tells Professor G.L. Peiris That Misleading Sinhalese People On The Constitution Is A ‘Sin’
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan has told former External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris that misleading the Sinhalese people on the matter of the new Constitution was a ‘sin’. Tweeting about the incident Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said, ‘Sambandan told Prof G L Pieris misleading innocent Sinhalese people on #SriLanka constitution is a sin. Rauf, Rishard and I witnessed.’
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News: SL has preserved democracy- Sampanthan 70th Anniversary of Parliament:
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday said in Parliament that Sri Lanka had in the 70 years preserved democratic governance through electoral processes though not completely without blemish. "The truth must be acknowledged that electoral process alone cannot ensure democratic governance," he said.
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Photos: Entirety of SL’s population must unite – Sampanthan
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Two million face hunger, lack of water, and rising debts in worsening drought
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
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Events: CIPS Panel Discussion: “Security Sector Reform in Sri Lanka”
Posted Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
AG07b, College Building, City, University of London
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