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News: Letters sent to UN Resident Rep on two officers’ behalf Alleged navy involvement in 11 abductions
Posted Date: 17/12/2017 (Sunday)
Chandrika Dassanayake, wife of Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake, who has been remanded since July over his alleged involvement in eleven wartime disappearances, yesterday told The Island that she had handed over letters on behalf of her husband as well as Commander Sumith Ranasinghe, to UN Resident Representative in Colombo Una McCauley at the BMICH last Friday (Dec 15). Commander Ranasinghe, too, has been remanded in connection with the same case. Dassanayake and Ranasinghe
Videos: American science channel's big revelations; Ram Setu Bridge linking India-Sri Lanka is man-made
Posted Date: 17/12/2017 (Sunday)
News: Questions and Answers: Sri Lankan Youth Engage with the Constitutional Reform Process
Posted Date: 16/12/2017 (Saturday)
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2017, over 300 Sri Lankan youth from across the country gathered in Vavuniya, Northern Province, to ask questions – lots of questions – about constitutional reform. In a forum organised by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) in cooperation with partner organisation the AFRIEL Youth Network, political leaders and civil society representatives engaged with youth participants to drive home a key message: the youth of Sri Lanka have an important
Photos: India's 'Vietnam Moment': The Ill-Advised War That Ended in Humiliation
Posted Date: 16/12/2017 (Saturday)
Events: Para Kumarasamy Memorial Meeting
Posted Date: 16/12/2017 (Saturday)
Trinity Community Centre East Avenue, Eastham London E12 6SG
Videos: Ram Setu not a natural formation but man made
Posted Date: 16/12/2017 (Saturday)
News: Making health a human right, not a privilege
Posted Date: 15/12/2017 (Friday)
Tokyo welcomes the Universal Health Coverage Forum. Hosted by various organizations including the World Health Organization and the Government of Japan, this forum sets a platform to discuss ways in which all people, whether rich or poor, are entitled to access high quality medical services. At the United Nations General Assembly in September, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of WHO, passionately discussed Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as follows:
News: India hopes Sri Lanka will keep security concerns in mind
Posted Date: 15/12/2017 (Friday)
After Sri Lanka handed over the Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease last week, India on Thursday said it expects Colombo to keep the region's security concerns in mind External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, while expressing confidence at India's "strong and enduring ties with Sri Lanka", said New Delhi's relations with Colombo "stand on its own and is not dependent on our relations with any third country".
News: Sri Lanka’s Sixth Amendment Challenged at the UN by 1,705 Lawyers from around the World: TGTE
Posted Date: 15/12/2017 (Friday)
One thousand seven hundred and five lawyers (1,705) from around the world have joined the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and filed a complaint on December 8th, 2017 with the UN Human Rights Committee that the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience, and the right to self-determination guaranteed in Articles 18, 19, and 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Complaint was filed by former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam (Retd), Former Judge of the High Court of Madras, India, and the Prime
Photos: Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children
Posted Date: 15/12/2017 (Friday)
News: Opposition is in a bankrupt effort to postpone local government elections - CaFFE.
Posted Date: 14/12/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says that a strong opposition group of field officers is in a bankrupt attempt to postpone the local government polls. CaFFE believes that three petitions filed by the group in the Supreme Court stating that Samurdhi Officers and Field Officers cannot contest the election while they are in the service is an attempt to get the elections postponed.
News: Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China
Posted Date: 13/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Struggling to pay its debt to Chinese firms, the nation of Sri Lanka formally handed over the strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease last week, in a deal that government critics have said threatens the country’s sovereignty. In recent years, China has shored up its presence in the Indian Ocean, investing billions of dollars to build port facilities and plan maritime trade routes as part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to help increase its market reach.
News: Sri Lankan President promises to provide all facilities for security forces members to equip them with knowledge
Posted Date: 13/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has promised to provide all the necessary facilities to equip the Sri Lankan security forces with knowledge as well as expertise when implementing state policy on national security. He made these remarks speaking at the graduation ceremony of Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), in Sapugaskanda Course No. 11 on Wednesday.
News: Debate on six subcommittees to be followed by final report to CA New Constitution making process on track
Posted Date: 13/12/2017 (Wednesday)
The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly would prepare its final report, containing constitutional proposals following a debate on recommendations made by six sub committees that dealt with fundamental rights, judiciary, law and order, public finance, public service and centre-periphery relations, Steering Committee member and MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne told The Island yesterday. Dr. Wickramaratne said comprehensive reports submitted by six sub committees to
News: Tamil prisoners’ CA appeal to be supported on 22 Feb.
Posted Date: 13/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Court of Appeal yesterday (12) fixed for support on February 2 the petition filed Tamil prisoners seeking to transfer their case back to Vavuniya High Court from Anuradhapura High Court. The matter came up before Justice L.B.T.Dehideniya (President/CA)
News: Appeal against the acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder to be heard on February 16
Posted Date: 12/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Court of Appeal today fixed the date to hear the appeal filed against the verdict issued by a lower court in exonerating all the suspects in the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj. Appeal Court Judge, Kumudini Wickremasinghe fixed February 16th to hear the petition when it was taken up before the court today.
News: Solution must be acceptable to Tamils Separate State is not a reasonable request - Former Army Commander, General Gerry De Silva RWP, VSV, USP
Posted Date: 12/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Much decorated soldier, one time Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Diplomat and now author, General Gerry H. de Silva is a man of many parts. His memoir 'A Most Noble Profession - Memories That Linger' (2012) and more recently 'War Heroes Killed-In-Action' have been launched and is currently working on the biography of Lieutenant General Denis Perera titled 'The General of all Generals'. In a wide ranging interview he expressed his frank opinions on a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts of the interview:
News: President's letter to Naseby: PHU says govt. kept it a secret
Posted Date: 12/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) yesterday said a letter of thank sent by President Maithripala Sirisena to Lord Naseby had been kept concealed by the government due to the pressure of Tamil separatists. Addressing a news briefing, PHU Leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said Lord Naseby of the British House of Lords made a statement in UK Parliament in October saying no war crime was committed in Sri Lanka. “The President has sent a letter on behalf of Sri Lanka thanking Lord Naseby. This should be
News: Sri Lanka says will take years to heal post war wounds
Posted Date: 12/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Government says although the war is over it will take years to heal the wounds, and it will take persistent efforts to sustain and secure the gains that Sri Lanka has already made. Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the Government has the will and determination to face these challenges including gender-based violence, and promoting and protecting human rights for all, while working towards achieving equitable and inclusive economic development.
News: From Balfour to Trump... a changing game plan in the Middle East
Posted Date: 11/12/2017 (Monday)
If the Balfour Declaration of November 1917 permitting the setting up of a Jewish State of Israel on Palestinian lands turned the Middle East on its head; US president Trump’s declaration on 6 December, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Palestinian lands illegally annexed, and the shifting of the US embassy there, sent the Palestinian people’s cause and hopes for an early settlement to the century-old problem into a tailspin. The results were immediate and not unexpected. Palestinians reacted with anger and protests.

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