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Videos: NewsLine: Analysing the legal aspects of this Political country
Posted Date: 19/02/2018 (Monday)
News: Quick results if I am appointed minister of Law and Order: SF
Posted Date: 18/02/2018 (Sunday)
Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today said he could show quick results in apprehending wrong-doers if he is appointed as the minister of Law and order. "I will show results in six months if I am given the portfolio of Law and Order" he told journalists. Further, he said it is not advisable to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the leader of Opposition.
News: A New Hope A First Adivasi Citizen in Local Government
Posted Date: 18/02/2018 (Sunday)
The sound of crunching gravel alerted the evergreens of Henanigala to its latest inhabitants. A silhouette of a cart could be seen appearing from a distance, swaying to an uneven rhythm with a bearded man leading it. A little girl peered out from the cart to take in her surroundings. The place looked nothing like home. This was Shiromala's first impression of Henanigala, where her family resettled. It was a few hours away from Dambana, her ancestral home that had everything she knew and loved.
News: Beyond Party Politics, three crucial issues for Lanka
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Whatever the party political changes in the aftermath of the February 10 local council elections, Sri Lanka needs to focus attention on three crucial issues – poverty alleviation, the battle against global warming and a commitment to resolve crises through dialogue without resorting to war or violence. As part of the mission for poverty alleviation, President Maithripala Sirisena in 2016 launched a countrywide programme for Sri Lanka to produce our own nutritious food. We have hundreds of varieties of grains, vegetables and fruits which could be grown here at an affordable cost, instead of spending hundreds of millions of rupees on the import of junk food or fake milk. Unfortunately one of the worst ever droughts and regular floods at different times hampered this programme and Sri Lanka was even forced to import rice this year.
News: Sri Lanka PM displays rare human touch, owns up to defeat
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s beleaguered Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe went before a hostile press Friday, his first public appearance after the local government elections, and accepted responsibility for the drubbing. Wickremesinghe fielded questions from journalists while demonstrating unusual calm and composure. He answered the incisive and embarrassing questions without rancour and he even managed to raise a few laughs. Asked if he had given some 20 million rupees to each of the 16 Tamil National Alliance MPs to buy their support, Wickremesinghe said: "Why give the TNA. If I had 20 million, I will keep it for myself!"
News: Right to Information Commission inquiry into missing report
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Ashraff Commission Secretary says report was handed over to National Archives Archives says search drew a blank, but RTI commission insists on thorough search They mystery surrounding the missing report of the Presidential Commission that inquired into the death of former minister and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress founder M.H.M. Ashraff has taken a new turn, with the the commission secretary saying he handed over a copy to the National Archives.
News: UNHRC to be briefed on progress achieved so far in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka will be sending a delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva next month to brief the council on the progress achieved by Sri Lanka so far on the human rights issue. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters on Friday that the UNHRC will be looking at the progress achieved so far and not the political situation in the country at present. “Geneva is on the performance up to date so you will have to judge on what has been done so far,” he said.
News: Politics obstructs justice for children
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Statutory rape of boys, age of criminal responsibility, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children, corporal punishment, justice for juveniles, were some concerns highlighted in the recent report on Sri Lanka by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. However, experts in children’s rights doubt that recommendations will be implemented because of politics, religious considerations and commercial interests. One suggestion was to revise the Penal Code to criminalise statutory rape of boys and encourage the reporting of such violations. The UN said it was seriously concerned that the age of criminal responsibility — 8 years — is extremely low and that children over 16 years of age continue to be excluded from the protection of the Children and Young Persons Ordinance.
News: Reconfiguring Sri Lanka’s Tamil politics
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
With a banner sporting a picture of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) founder S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the background, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan made a fervent appeal in an election rally in Jaffna. “Unity”, he said, “is the only weapon we have now.” Days ahead of Sri Lanka’s February 10 local government polls, the 85-year-old politician urged the northern Tamils to speak in one voice and support the ITAK. Whether it was the Northern Provincial Council elections in 2013, or the parliamentary elections of August 2015, the voters had done just that, giving the party and the Tamil National Alliance it helms an
News: Lawyers for Democracy urges Lankan judiciary to look to Indian counterparts
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
The Lawyers for Democracy wish to express their admiration and appreciation for the action taken by the four Supreme Court judges in India last week, when they took the extraordinary step of holding a press conference to inform the public of irregularities that were happening in case administration in the Supreme Court of India under the leadership of the incumbent Chief Justice. Indian judges took this extraordinary step after informing the Chief Justice that the traditional manner in which the Supreme Court procedures were followed was being flouted by recent actions by the Chief Justice. For example, cases were being fixed for hearing without following the traditional procedures that ensured transparency devoid of bias. The judges had
News: Sri Lanka President-backed putsch fails as PM rallies dissidents
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
A last ditch attempt by President Maithripala Sirisena to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has failed due to a constitutional hurdle and more significantly the lack of parliamentary support, sources close to both sides said. President Sirisena had agreed to continue working with Wickremesinghe, but had a sudden change of heart on Thursday after meeting with his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) seniors.
News: Team sent to bring Udayanga return empty-handed
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
The special seven-member team which was sent to Dubai to bring back former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga had returned home empty-handed on Tuesday (13), a senior official of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) said. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said the special team comprising officers from the FCID, Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Foreign Ministry (FM), Attorney Generals’ Department and Department of Immigration and Emigration was sent to Dubai to bring the former ambassador back.
Photos: Sri Lanka: The New Regime and the Revolution
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Photos: What do Sri Lanka’s local elections mean for the future of democracy?
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
Events: உலகத் தமிழ் இசை விழா
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
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Events: London Book Festival
Posted Date: 17/02/2018 (Saturday)
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News: Country first, despite divisions and disputes - EDITORIAL
Posted Date: 16/02/2018 (Friday)
We have stressed repeatedly that the February 10 local council election results were largely a shattering protest vote against the National Government for what most of the people see as its failure or slowness to fulfil most of its pledges as well as its inability to deliver all-important development or reduce the cost of living. But it is also important that the country’s stability be maintained so that the vital, large-scale foreign investments will come in and the sustainable economic development plan with its eco-friendly and all-inclusive strategy could be effectively implemented. In this context the United National Party (UNP) -- which has a majority of seats in Parliament -- yesterday
News: Parliament, others responsible for drafting LG election laws blamed for present crisis
Posted Date: 16/02/2018 (Friday)
Parliament and those involved in the drafting of the Local Government Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act were responsible for the chaos at local government bodies over the question of accommodating the 25% female quota, election monitors claim. Head of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said on Wednesday there were quite a few local councils that would find it extremely difficult to form administration due to the women’s quota. The Elections Commission would meet political parties to discuss whether they should allow the establishment of local councils without having to fulfil the 25% female quota under the present circumstances, Deshapriya yesterday said.
News: Cabinet illegal, Prez has power to appoint PM: Sarath
Posted Date: 16/02/2018 (Friday)
In another conundrum to the present gridlock in governance, former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva argued yesterday that the entire Cabinet including the Prime Minister stood illegal at the moment as the two year period stipulated for the national unity government had ceased. The former Chief Justice told the Daily Mirror that the Cabinet should be restricted to 30 and the number of deputy and state ministers to 40 in terms of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
News: Iran proposes air link with Colombo to attract tourists from there
Posted Date: 16/02/2018 (Friday)
Daily direct flights between Sri Lanka and Iran are necessary for promoting tourism to ensure that Sri Lanka receives a significant number of Iranian tourists, Dr. Abdolreza Farajirad, Director General of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, who is in Sri Lanka on the invitation of Pathfinder Foundation said yesterday. "Each year around nine million Iranian tourists visit other countries. Right now they mostly go to Turkey and the EU thought Sri Lanka is only five hours away and has the potential to attract a lot of them," he said.

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