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News: The danger of postponing elections
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
When the then President J.R. Jayewardene held a referendum instead of general elections in 1982, most legal and political analysts said that while it may have been legal, it was illegitimate. Mr. Jayewardene’s Government obtained a 50.1% majority at the referendum. But it was immorally blown up into a 5/6th majority in Parliament. This illegitimate move had at least two other major repercussions. It provoked the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to pull out
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News: Issues affecting Tamils have to be addressed – Govt. ... if another armed conflict is to be averted
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
The government said yesterday that the Tamil people had issues which needed to be resolved and it would be addressed within a united country. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing, at the Information Department, said that finding solutions to the problems faced by the Tamils did not mean dismembering the country into pieces or combining the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils into one, as demanded by some Tamil parties.
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News: AG files indictments against Pillayan, five others
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
The Attorney General has filed indictments in the Batticaloa High Court against six accused including former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias ‘Pillayan’ and six others over the killing of former TNA parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham, the Supreme Court was informed today. Senior State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva appearing on behalf of the Attorney General made this remark when the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Eastern Province Chief
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News: Tamils set long and short records at Sri Lanka navy
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka's outgoing navy chief Travis Sinniah, the first minority Tamil to reach the highest position in the force in nearly half a century, has set a new record for being the shortest serving commander. The previous Tamil commander, Rear Admiral R. Kadiragamar, and Admiral Sinniah now firmly hold records for heading the navy for the longest and shortest periods respectively in the 67 year history of the Sri Lanka Navy.
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News: New Constitution turned into an anti media discussion: JO
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
The joint opposition yesterday said that the process of making a new Constitution has now been turned in to an abhorrence and absurd discussion against the media and the Maha Sangha. Joint opposition member MP Dullas Alahapperuma told a news conference that recently it was reported how Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had lashed out at the media institutions with regard to the Constitution.
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News: India assists in developing Model Villages across Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
India and Sri Lanka signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) today for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of SLR 600 million. The MoUs were signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and Mrs. W.K.K. Athukorala, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction, in the presence of Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction. The signing took place during a special ceremony held in Hambantota for vesting to the beneficiaries the
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Photos: “Sri Lankans aren’t a psychologically advanced group”
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: SLFP against new Constitution, agrees only to amendments: Isura
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: Who is responsible for this SHAM?
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
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Videos: Another expectation regarding LG elections
Posted Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: Sri Lanka’s baby farms Inter-country adoption racket exposed !
Posted Date: 25/10/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Ensure Government fulfil its promises: Sampanthan tells UN Special Rapporteur
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Promotion of Truth, Justice Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, in discussion with Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan. Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan yesterday urged the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Promotion of Truth, Justice Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, to ensure the full implementation of voluntary commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government to the public and the international community.
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News: Tamil Prisoners' case transferred to Anuradhapura Court on the request of witnesses - TNA spokesman
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran disclosed that the case of three former LTTE cadres scheduled to be taken up for hearing in the Vavuniya High Court has been transferred to Anuradhapura High Court upon their request. Speaking at a media briefing in Jaffna Monday, MP Sumanthiran said the case has been shifted to Anuradhapura High Court in accordance with the requirement of the witnesses.
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News: Arrest Of Gotabaya Imminent
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is imminent, well informed sources told The Sunday Leader. Sources said that a discussion had been held last week between government officials from the legal and security establishments on taking Rajapaksa into custody to face charges against him. Rajapaksa returned from the United States last week following a private visit and according to sources he was to be arrested at the airport.
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News: Gota says further devolution won’t solve northerners’ problems
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said further devolution of power won’t solve the problems faced by the Tamil community. Addressing a gathering organised by Viyathmaga (Gampaha organization) at Wet Water Resort on Ja-ela-Gampaha road, on Saturday, Rajapaksa said he wasn’t aware of any country where problems had been solved with the help of devolution of power.
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News: War crimes: GR highlights confusion over civilian death toll ‘Very basis of move to change Constitution disputed’
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that the very basis of the controversial Geneva Resolution 30/1 had been strongly disputed by Michael Morris, Baron Naseby, PC, during a debate on Sri Lanka in the British parliament Thursday last week. Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1 in Oct 2015, in spite of the Foreign Ministry rejecting the same the month before.
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News: UN warns case against Jagath could be tip of the iceberg
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The United Nations (UN) today warned that the case filed in Brazil against former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Pablo de Greiff, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence told reporters in Colombo that Sri Lanka must address allegations similar to that faced by Jayasuriya or it may prove costly.
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News: Women demand better access to truth, justice and reparations in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Yolanda Foster shares the experiences of women change-makers and the challenges they face as they continue to seek truth, justice and reparations for themselves and for their families in Sri Lanka. This week Pablo de Greiff, the Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, is visiting Sri Lanka to assess the implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. Co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan government, the Resolution outlines a comprehensive set of steps required for transitional justice to become a reality. For many women’s groups the visit is critical as promised post-war reforms stall. In recent
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Photos: Constitution making: Kotte Chapter says not at this juncture
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
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Photos: Devolution of power is not for benefit of politician but for the public – President
Posted Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
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