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News: Old left wants 13th A implemented fully
Posted Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
The old guard of the leftist parties of the country has called for the abolition of the Executive Presidency and the devolution of power via the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The United Leftist Front, a breakaway Party formed by former members of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party and the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, explained that the full implementation
News: President jolts security detail Confronts Jaffna protesters
Posted Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena took his security detail by surprise after he threw caution to the wind and abruptly alighted from his official vehicle to confront a group of protesters in Jaffna yesterday. The President was in Jaffna to inaugurate the National Tamil Language Day celebrations at the Jaffna Hindu College when the incident took place. According to eyewitnesses the President had calmly walked up to the black flag waving
News: Better suspend ‘New Constitution’ and focus on economy
Posted Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has produced an Interim Report on six key issues after 73 sessions between April 2016 and September 2017, without basic consensus among the key partners of political party representatives in the Committee. There were six sub-committee reports submitted before, in November and December 2016, and some of them were more controversial than the present report.
News: Proceedings on Sri Lanka debate in the Lords Chamber held on 12 October 2017
Posted Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
Proceedings on Sri Lanka debate in the Lords Chamber held on 12 October 2017 Question for Short Debate Asked by • Lord Naseby To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the coalition government of Sri Lanka in meeting the requirements on reconciliation established by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
News: LTTE cadres committed serious crimes will not be released
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardena says that imprisoned LTTE cadres who have committed serious crimes will not be released despite staging Harthals. He said that some Northern Politicians are issuing various statements to media to get narrow political gains. The state Minister said this during a function in Delgoda.Minister Ruwan Wijewardena said that
News: People affected by Uma Oya project could face landslide threats with onset of rain
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
The Disaster Mangement centre (DMC) and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) are closely monitoring landslide prone areas in 40 GramaNiladhari divisions in Bandarawela, Divisional Secretary Nihal Gunaratne said. He said they were also monitoring areas where cracks had occurred due to the Uma Oya Multi purpose project.
News: Delay LG Elections Amendment gazette – Mano
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
Minister Mano Ganesan has requested the government to refrain from issuing the gazette notification pertaining to the Local Government Elections Amendment Act until the issues surrounding the Ambagamuwa and Nuwara-Eliya Pradeshiya Sabha is addressed. The Minister speaking at a function said more than 200,000 votes existed within the two
News: India, Sri Lanka agree to find permanent solution to fishermen issue
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue existing between the two countries. The two sides held ministerial-level talks on the fishermen issue in New Delhi and agreed that a permanent solution to the fishermen issues should be found at the earliest.
News: Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
Two years after the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 30/1 and six months after it renewed its commitments in HRC Resolution 34/1, the Sri Lankan government has continued to fail to fulfil its pledges to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. A key commitment made in the HRC resolutions and a critical component of the conversation around transitional justice is meaningful security sector reform. Despite calls by numerous international bodies and repeated calls by Tamil politicians and communities, the
Photos: Northern Province programme of National Food Production battle commenced under President’s patronage
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
News: India eyes airport in Sri Lanka, near Chinese Belt and Road outpost
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the Hambantota area, where China has built a seaport and is in
News: Harthal in Jaffna
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Shops in the Northern Province have decided to close their business establishments today (October 13) as a mark of protest demanding the release of Tamil political prisoners. It also aimed at drawing attention of President Maithiripala Sirisena’s visit to Jaffna Jaffna tomorrow. The Harthal was organised by the joint co-operation by a number of Tamil political parties and civil organizations in North.
News: Two-faced Rajapaksa sibling
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
There may be no elections for local government institutions or provincial councils this year but that hasn’t deterred the major political parties from getting into elections gear in anticipation of these polls being held early next year. The two partners in the National Unity government, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) find themselves in an unusual and unprecedented situation. They are allies in the government, but they will be competing for votes with each other at the elections.
News: Fear of the words, ‘UNITARY’ and ‘FEDERAL’
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
The (Draft) Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly cites a statement made by President Sirisena during the Resolution to set up the Constitutional Assembly regarding Article 1 and 2 of the present Constitution which states: "… that whilst people in the south are fearful of the word "federal", the people in the north are fearful of the word "unitary". The report then attempts to define the English term "Unitary State" and
News: Sri Lankan Diaspora in Australia weighs in on Constitutional Reforms
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
With the release of the Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka on September 21, the debate over constitutional reforms has begun earnestly. We welcome the Interim Report and recognise the positive contribution it makes for the purpose of developing an inclusive and harmonious Sri Lanka. This is a great opportunity to develop a constructive dialogue among the stakeholders, both local and
News: Constitutional making process: Wimal urges President to prevent division of country on ethnic lines
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
A delegation of National Freedom Front (NFF) led by its parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to halt the ongoing constitutional making process leading to the division of post-war Sri Lanka on ethnic lines. The NFF consists of five MPs elected on the UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary polls in Aug. 2015.
News: Opposition leader writes to President on transfer of PTA cases
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to release the Tamil prisoners detained under Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act for years as government pledged locally and international community to repeal it with an alternative law. He said that there is an unnecessary complication has been created by the transfer of some
News: UNHRC Resolution 30/1 Implications for Sri Lanka Posted on October 12th, 2017
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ on 1 October 2015, Resolution 30/1. (After a resolution promoted by the European Union (EU) was defeated in 2009 and a resolution tabled by Sri Lanka was adopted by an overwhelming majority. An attempt to table a resolution critical of Sri Lanka in 2010 was aborted). Resolution 30/1 has been described by some critics as a Constitution amendment project for Sri Lanka.
Photos: Basil’s Jaffna declaration
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Photos: The Dark Side of Norochcholai
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)

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