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News: Trouble once again in paradise
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
The fluid political situation in Sri Lanka, and the erosion of popular support for the Sirisen a - W i c k r e m e s i n g h e combine, have together created in the minds of the minority Tamils, doubts about the regime’s ability to draft a Tamil-friendly constitution and face the political storm that will certainly follow. Sensing a drift towards abandonment of the constitution- making exercise and its substitution by a few amendments to the existing constitution along with electoral reforms, the MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the largest Tamil party in Parliament with 16 MPs, met President Maithripala Sirisena recently to air their concerns. Sirisena assured the MPs that he is keen on a new constitution as promised to the Tamils in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election, which he won thanks in part to the overwhelming support of the Tamils.
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News: Constitution, devolution and minorities
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
A national debate on the proposed new constitution commenced with the recent session of the Constitutional Council and drafting of proposals by different Committees. To set the tone, President Maithripala Sirisena referred to the conceptual positions with regard to the proposed constitution in his recent interview with The Hindu. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R Sampanthan made statements in Parliament and Northern Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran also made few comments in the Provincial Council and outside. Talking to Meera Sirinivasan of The Hindu, President Sirisena did not hesitate to give his honest opinion. “People of the south are scared of the word federal. People of the north are scared of the word unitary. What we should do is not fight over these two words. We should come up with a formula that is acceptable to all,” he said.
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News: Karuna Amman arrested
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
Former Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan and former LTTE eastern leader alias Karuna Amman was arrested today after he appeared before the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). Amman was asked to appear before the FCID to record a statement on the alleged misuse of a Government vehicle.
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Photos: Nationalism is the manifestation of a crisis, not a solution to it - Nirmal
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Racism, Much Talked About Topic Again!
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Changes to Judiciary and Fundamental Law Constituent Council: Reports of Judiciary & Fundamental Rights Subcommittees
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
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Photos: New Constitution - aims at appeasing a majority of the people : Foremost place for Buddhism stays
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Justice Minister’s statement earns ire of Muslim ministers
Posted Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)
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News: Proposed Constitution - a pretext to divide the country
Posted Date: 29/11/2016 (Tuesday)
Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa stated that Tamils are one step away from claiming self determination in the Northern Province. He expressed these sentiments during an interview with Ceylon Today. Excerpts: ?: The government had criticized your earlier comments on the proposed Constitution by stating that you were unacquainted on the subject, thus you are merely trying to create bogies over the matter. However six parliamentary subcommittees have presented their reports to the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly by now. What do you have to say about the facts presented in the reports?
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News: Opposition Leader issues glowing tribute to Fidel Castro
Posted Date: 29/11/2016 (Tuesday)
TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, paying a tribute to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said, in a statement: "My heartfelt sympathies go to the people of Cuba on the demise of their great leader Commander Fidel Castro. The former Cuban leader who stood by his principles and convictions and led the people of Cuba for more than 50 years. He championed the revolutionary movement in 1959 and stood as one of the towering figures of the people of Cuba.
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Events: மாவீரர் நாள் 2017 - melbourn
Posted Date: 27/11/2016 (Sunday)
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News: Sri Lanka: De Facto State of Emergency? -Basil Fernando
Posted Date: 26/11/2016 (Saturday)
When the high level delegation of Sri Lanka met the UN Committee against Torture (CAT Committee) last week on the 5th Periodic Review, one of the Committee members raised an important issue. The Member asked whether the dysfunctionality of the justice system in Sri Lanka has virtually created a situation of a de facto emergency. It is worth taking a little time to grasp the meaning of a de facto emergency. Normally, an emergency would mean the de jure state of emergency, or in other words a legally declared emergency. This is when creating safeguards on people’s rights are being suspended for a specific period due to an extraordinary situation facing a nation. The relevant Article in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is Article 4 which states the following:
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Events: கவிதை குறித்த உரையும் சமூக, அரசியல் கலந்துரையாடலும்
Posted Date: 26/11/2016 (Saturday)
London Tamil Sangam Hall,369, High Street north, Manor Park- Eastham E12 6PG
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News: Sri Lanka's ex-leader slams India over China ties
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa launched an attack on India on Tuesday, ahead of his visit to China, a country that strongly backed the island politically and financially during his decade in power. The former leader told a group of local newspaper editors that India had been "furious" when Chinese submarines docked at the Colombo harbour in 2014, towards the end of his presidency.
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News: HIGH-POWERED MINISTERIAL GROUP TO DIFFUSE RELIGIOUS TENSIONS
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga, Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M.Swaminathan and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister Abdul Haleem are to join hands to make necessary interventions. Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told the Daily News the four ministers would offer leadership to ‘meaningful and constructive dialogue’ towards ending communal and religious mistrust.The ministerial group, the minister said, would soon facilitate a meeting with the various religious groups to iron out their differences.
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News: Deal firmly with extremists, PM tells police
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
“The Good Governance Government has worked to establish national unity since President Maithripala Sirisena was elected the President. We all have a right to take pride over our race and religion whether we be Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher or Malay,” he said. “Above all this, we should take pride about our Sri Lankan identity. If we don’t respect our Sri Lankan identity and try to hurl abuse at other communities and religions, we would be branded as extremists bent on breaking and disrupting national unity. The duty of preventing such people from acting for personal gain or a long term objective wittingly or unwittingly lies with the police,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister expressed these sentiments presiding over the passing out parade of a batch of apprentice policemen who had completed training at the Kalutara Police Training College on November 20.
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News: Rapp says Govt. delays could be attempt to avoid justice for alleged war crimes
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
Delaying the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms, including a special court to prosecute alleged war crimes, could be viewed as an attempt by the Government of Sri Lanka to “avoid” delivering on truth and justice for thousands of victims of the country’s civil war, a former top official in the US Government’s Office of Criminal Justice said. Former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Stephen J. Rapp said at the sidelines of the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court now underway in The Hague, Netherlands, that there was no reason the Government of Sri Lanka could not begin setting up the office of the prosecutor and putting frameworks in place, even if the court would not get off the ground immediately.
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Photos: 65 Division Educates Children on Coastal Area Protection
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: People in North can celebrate Maaveerar Naal without mentioning the LTTE - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/People-in-North-can-celebrate-Maaveerar-Naal-without-mentioning-the-LTTE-119572.html#sthash.9nNZuJUK.dpuf
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
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Events: தேசிய நினைவெழுச்சி நாள் - 2017
Posted Date: 25/11/2016 (Friday)
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