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News: UK official discusses UNHRC resolution with Mangala
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alok Sharma had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka. The meeting took place in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
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News: Ban hails Lanka’s ‘deepening’ efforts to heal war wounds
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon hailed Sri Lanka’s “deepening” efforts to heal the wounds of war, in his final opening address to the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. Opening the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday (20), the UN Secretary General used Myanmar and Sri Lanka as states in now in transformation from conflict and political turmoil.
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News: At UN Assembly, President of Sri Lanka outlines plan for peace and sustainable development
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
At UN Assembly, President of Sri Lanka outlines plan for peace and sustainable development Outlining steps towards reconciliation, democracy and alleviation of poverty, President of Sri Lanka expressed his commitment to take necessary action in order to achieve long-term peace and sustainable development, including protecting the environment. “My intention is to make the people of Sri Lanka the happiest people on Earth,” said President Maithripala Sirisena in his address to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
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News: SRI LANKA: Supreme Court Judgments on torture and the State’s failure to protect those in custody
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
One more judgement from the Supreme Court, on torture by the Sri Lankan police, was added to a long list of such judgements, when the Supreme Court decided in favour of a petition filed by W.N.L.K. Fernando of Naththandiya Police against officers attached to the Wennapuwa Police Station [S.C.F.R. Application No. 612/09]. The Supreme Court decided that three of the police officers have, in fact, violated the rights of the petitioner guaranteed under Article 11 of the Constitution by assaulting petitioner Fernando. The Court ordered the three police officers to pay the Petitioner Rupees 35,000 each, i.e. Rupees 105,000 in total, out of their own pockets. The Court rejected the version of the Respondent police officers that the injuries on the petitioner might have been caused in the course of the petitioner’s attempt to resist arrest.
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Photos: UN call for ‘new union’ disturbs JO ‘CBK, pro-LTTE Diaspora taking common stand’
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: The democracy deficits within
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: They did their duty by the country –Maj Gen Gunaratne
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: Focus on wartime ICRC presence in Vanni
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: UNHRC Bug Now Bites India, But Sri Lanka Is Where the Action Is Still…
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: John Kerry re-assures fullest support to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 23/09/2016 (Friday)
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News: ‘Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs’
Posted Date: 22/09/2016 (Thursday)
Remarks by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO on ‘Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs’ delivered at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies in Colombo on 16 August 2016 Honourable Mangala Samaraweera, Minster of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Dr Dinusha Panditaratne, Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Honourable Ministers, Ambassadors, UN Colleagues, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
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Photos: Lack of Funds Hampers National Co-Existence Ministry
Posted Date: 22/09/2016 (Thursday)
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Events: Building Box of Peace
Posted Date: 22/09/2016 (Thursday)
Church of Scientology of London, 146 Queen victoria Street EC4b 4BY
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News: Chanuka Ratwatte , Isira Dassanayake and Entrust Co. bigwigs remanded over Rs. 10,000 million colossal fraud ! LeN expose` Rajapakse siblings were biggest beneficiaries !!
Posted Date: 21/09/2016 (Wednesday)
The largest financial fraud in Sri Lanka’s history running to the tune of over Rs. 10720 million (over Rs. 10 billion ) ! committed by ace rogues cum fraudsters including Chanuka Upendra Ratwatte (brother of Lohan Ratwatte M.P.) , Isira Dharmapriya Bandara Dasanayake (chairman) , Ms. Romesha Dushanthi Senarath (CEO of the group ) ,Kathhera Pathirathnalage Nandika Sanjeewa Dayaratne ,and Madushan Niloshan Romelo Mendis of of ‘Entrust group of companies’, ,has been detected by the FCID . All the suspects were arrested by the FCID on the 14 th noon , and were remanded until the 28 th of September after they were produced before court. The order was issued by Colombo Fort magistrate Ms.Lanka Jayaratne.
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News: No Move To Assist People Of The North – Interview with Parliamentarian Dharmalingam
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
Leader of the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Dharmalingam Siddharthan claims that the development of the Northern Province has come to a standstill. He feels that no concerted effort is being put in constructive development that will truly benefit the people of the North. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Sidharthan said that unemployment rate is high in the North and proper development should take place to provide more employment opportunities for the youth. However, this is not happening satisfactorily, he laments.
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News: Sacked BBC journalist who refused to prioritize Prince George’s birth wins £51k in court
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
Chandana Keerthi Bandara, BBC journalist who was allegedly fired in large part for prioritizing a report on the anniversary of violence in Sri Lanka over the birth of Prince George has received £51,428 in compensation after suing the news outlet for unfair dismissal. Chandana Keerthi Bandara, 57, was in charge of overseeing the publishing of stories on July 23, 2013 – the day after Prince George was born. However, he said he chose not to prioritize the royal birth, partially because it clashed with the anniversary of Black July – a wave of anti-Tamil violence which led to hundreds of deaths in Sri Lanka in 1983.
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News: International Investigators inevitable: M.A. Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
We will bring International investigators for inquiries relating to missing persons, Tamil National Alliance MP M.A. Sumanthiran said. He said, that there are many who strongly oppose the idea to bring international judges, but not for international investigators.
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News: Truth mechanism quorum for finding missing persons to be decided by mid-October, says Sri Lankan diplomat at UN
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka has to respond to the UN Human Rights council resolution adopted in 2014 which called for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes blamed on both the government troops and the LTTE during the country’s civil war. Sri Lanka’s proposed Truth Seeking Commission, a Reparations Office and a Judicial Mechanism will be decided by mid-October after the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation hands over its report, a top diplomat has said.
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News: NEW CONSTITUTION :SOLUTION TO NATIONAL QUESTION: Sampanthan Sees viable political resolution through Constitutional reforms
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
The solution to the national question must be found in the new Constitution being formulated, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan reiterated at an event in Trincomalee yesterday. Sampanthan said his party will be forced to withdraw support if the government does not propose a viable political resolution to the national problem through the Constitutional reforms. While noting that the views and aspirations of the Tamils had not being taken aboard in a comprehensive manner when formulating previous constitutions, Sampanthan said that he hoped the new government will not make the same mistake.
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Photos: Tamil Eelam removed from ABS due joint efforts of Sri Lankan in Australia
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
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