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News: Forfeited Wellawatte Residence Case Plight of the Citizenry under Emergency Laws
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The recent Supreme Court order handing over a Wellawatte property -- forfeited during the Rajapaksa regime on the instruction of the Police and taken over by the Terrorist Investigation Division -- to its rightful owners, is a typical indicator of the manner in which emergency regulations impinged the legal rights of the citizenry and the excesses that could be carried out with seeming impunity.
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News: Sri Lanka informed it will not receive ADB, WB aid after 2019
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has been informed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) that it will not receive any concessions or aid after 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe told Parliament today. Wickramasinghe said this while making a special statement to the House on the Central Highway Project.
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News: Senate Appropriators Reject Trump Administration’s ‘Apparent Doctrine of Retreat’ Unusually blunt committee report rebukes State Department, OMB
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Senate appropriators are rejecting the Trump administration’s foreign policy, blasting what they call an “apparent doctrine of retreat.” Appropriations Committee reports are not usually must-reads, but the report to accompany the next fiscal year’s State-Foreign Operations spending package might be the exception. The bill and report go beyond just dismissing the budget request.
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News: US Concerned Over Debt Burdens On Sri Lanka From Chinese Loans
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The US has expressed concern over the "unsustainable debt-burden" on Sri Lanka due to non-concessional loans from China. China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is struggling to repay Chinese money, and recently signed an agreement to give a state-run Chinese firm a stake in the strategic Hambantota port as a way of paying down some of that
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News: Disaster Resilience, Environment Protection Are Critical to Sri Lanka’s Economy
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
In response to public interest, the World Bank in Sri Lanka chose to host a dialogue, offering an opportunity for anyone to meet the World Bank team and directly ask questions related to environment protection, disaster risk management and the economy. In fact, the engagement began with a Twitter chat earlier in the week that saw participation from across the region, before moving on to a public discussion. In attendance at the latter
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News: UNP must decide whether SF is fit to be a minister: Elle Gunawansa Thera
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, in response to a statement by Minister and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka describing the monk as a 'mad man in robes' said yesterday the United National Party (UNP) should decide whether it should have such a person as a Cabinet minister any longer. The monk said senior UNPers such as Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali and R. Premadasa had visited his temple on several occasions.
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Photos: DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr facing parliamentary inquiry over Sri Lanka holidays
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
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Videos: A Question of Command Responsibility (English) An examination of the charges of command responsibili
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
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News: Obituary: The trailblazing advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka is no longer with us
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
At a significant juncture where an inclusive electoral process has been introduced with the interventions of the newly established Election Commission, Election Observing Organizations and various organizations and institutions advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, the demise of Uva Provincial Councilor Mr. Senarath Attanayake is indeed an incalculable loss in view of CMEV.
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News: Judicial Corruption: Chief Justice Priyasath Dep Also Charged For Corruption
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
As a public-spirited citizen, and with wide experience having served the public sector for nearly four decades, I am fully aware that corruption in all sectors in the country has pushed Sri Lanka backwards causing irreparable damage to the Nation. It is sad that in Sri Lanka, although it is a representative democracy, it does not have an independent judiciary. In this country it is observed that the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary do not respect the doctrine
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News: Examining Facets of Corruption in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Recent events have brought the issue of corruption into the spotlight. When you open a daily newspaper, chances are there will be four or five cases involving corruption within its pages, reported almost every day. Corruption derails development, distorts the democratic system and decays the moral fabric of society. The ultimate victims are ordinary people. Those who can make a major contribution against corruption are not limited to one or two organisations.
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News: ‘I don’t rule out the possibility of MR and MS patching up differences’-Basil
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, in an interview with Daily Mirror, spoke about his plans in view of the next elections. Rajapaksa, who spearheads Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna under the Flower Bud symbol, said that his side will win at future elections under any circumstances. Following are excerpts of the interview.
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News: Eliya movement launched: New Constitution will lead to division – Gota ‘I won’t remain silent when country is threatened’
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Alleging that proposed new Constitution would give separatists what they had failed to achieve through terrorism, wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said, vowing to defeat the project. The proposed constitutional reforms were meant to appease the LTTE rump, pro-LTTE
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Photos: Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest.
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
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Events: 3rd Annual Tamil Studies Symposium
Posted Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
519 Kaneff Tower 4700 Keele Street Toronto
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News: SF's statement personal: Govt.
Posted Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said today that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's statement on former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya was not the stance of the Government and that it was his personal opinion. He told Parliament that the "Good Governance" Government would never imprison Army Commanders like the previous Government.
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News: GSP+ to boost annual apparel exports by US$ 500 mn
Posted Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
There will be an annual increase in apparel exports to the tune of US$ 500 million as a result of regaining the GSP+ benefit creating over 20,000 job opportunities as well, said Minister of Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama. Speaking at the SAARC Investment Summit held at Colombo Hilton he said that
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News: Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims : International Response
Posted Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Top UN human rights official Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein said “this was predicted and could have been prevented," Under a well planned and executed programe of ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslims Nobel Laureate turned monstrous defender Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s armed forces and saffron butcher Asin Wirathus’
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Events: Sri Lanka Disappearance Event to be held at British Parliament: TGTE
Posted Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Location: British Parliament: Main Building
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Events: Shut Guantánamo! monthly demo
Posted Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1A
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