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News: Dispute over toddy leads to child’s murder
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
In a shocking development, it has come to light, following investigations conducted by the Police that a dispute over stolen toddy had led to the revenge killing of a six-year-old girl of Kattupulam, Chulipuram in Jaffna. This had been revealed when a 22-year-old suspect who had been arrested by Vaddukoddai Police confessed to the murder, Police said. The suspect was arrested along with five others and produced before Mallakam Magistrate last morning. Following his confession the main suspect was remanded till 11 July, while the other five were enlarged on bail.
News: Bilateral Cooperation with HRCSL would Resolve Pending Screening Issues of UN Peacekeepers
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka as one of the Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) to the United Nations (UN) since the year 2004 has been in the practice of sending her troops for UN Peacekeeping assignments in large groups in close collaboration with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO). To be in line with the UN Secretary General’s decision No. 2012/18 on 11 December 2012 in relation to ‘screening of UN personnel for Human Rights’, the Sri Lanka Army, consequent upon discussions with the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDPKO and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) resolved that an own national mechanism be followed with respect to independent screening of personnel through the HRCSL.
News: So who wants Provincial Councils now?
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
The terms of the North-Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils expired in September 2017 and those of the Central, Northern and North-Western Provincial Councils will end this September. As of now, there’s no sign that the Government is interested in holding these elections. Perhaps being decimated at the local government elections in February 2018 has made the Yahapalana bigwigs wary of facing the people. Perhaps they feel it’s best to wait for a winner-takes-much General Election of a winner-takes-even-more Presidential Election rather than risk another debacle that would take away whatever oomph is left in the regime, we don’t know for sure. The government is sitting on the matter, that is clear.
News: Images from Vanni at Geneva exhibition
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
In the absence of a government initiative to counter pro-LTTE Diaspora elements propagating lies, the Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has organised a three-day public exhibition at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) early next month. The exhibition will begin on July 2 (9 am to 4 pm). Ajantha Premaratne of the GSLF told The Island that the exhibition was meant to highlight restoration of peace in Sri Lanka following the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009. Premaratne said that the exhibition was part of the GSLF’s initiatives to counter Eelam propaganda meant to pile on the pressure on Sri Lanka.
News: Cabraal says New York Times article is ‘fake’ news
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has refuted the allegations made in a recent article published by The New York Times, referring to it as ‘fake’ news which has violated the truth and a gross misrepresentation of facts. The New York Times article dated 25 June 2018 titled “How China got Sri Lanka to cough up a Port,” written by Maria Abi-Habib, had made certain accusations pertaining to China’s acquisition of the strategic Hambantota port from Sri Lanka while highlighting Beijing’s “debt trap” and ambitious use of loans to gain influence around the world. The report says feasibility studies had found that the port would not work and “frequent lenders” like India had refused to provide loans or assistance for the port, developed during Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule.
Videos: Inclusive and sustainable justice in Afghanistan
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
Videos: President Najibullah and the National Reconciliation Policy
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
News: Sri Lanka: Deplorable threats against human rights defender
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently take action against those threatening human rights defender Sandhya Eknaligoda, Amnesty International said today. Over recent days, Sandhya Eknaligoda, a distinguished campaigner against enforced disappearances and the wife of disappeared cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, has been subject to a barrage of hate, abuse, intimidation, harassment and death threats on social media. “The threats against Sandhya Eknaligoda are extremely worrying. The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently and effectively take appropriate action against those who seek to cause her harm,” said Dinushika Dissanayake, Deputy South Asia Director at Amnesty International.
News: Sri Lanka’s outlook remains stable but is conditional on reforms: World Bank
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
World Bank says a challenging domestic political environment has already taken a toll, slowing down some reforms and complicating the stable medium-term outlook and an impending election cycle which will only elevate this risk. World Bank, releasing its June 2018 edition of the Sri Lanka Development Update said the reforms are expected to bring in long-term benefits enhancing competitiveness, improving governance and streamlining public financial management. “Delays in improving tax administration are among the risks Sri Lanka must confront on the fiscal front,” the report said.
News: UN Human Rights Council Urged to Remove Sri Lankan Ambassador from Leading Social Forum: TGTE
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In an urgent appeal to the President of UN Human Rights Council H.E. Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, the Minister for sports of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Mr. Aiyathurai Jeyakumar, urged the President of the Council to revoke the appointment of H.E. Mr. A.L Abdul Azeez as the Chairperson-Rapporteur for the 2018 Social Forum. While TGTE congratulated UN Human Rights Council for coming up with the theme for the 2018 Social Forum namely, “the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them”, it noted that choosing the permanent representative of Sri Lanka to lead the 2018 Social Forum is an affront to the Human Rights Council and a snub to the Human Rights norms in general.
News: The Monks Who Spew Hate Why Jailing of Gnanasara Did Not Become News in This Part of Asia
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanised humanity…” - Bertolt Brecht in The Exception and the Rule (quoted in The Sunday Leader) “I have done my duty towards the country,” Gnanasara told reporters as he boarded the bus taking him to prison. Why should I regret?” Rarely does Sri Lanka convict Buddhist monks. But few days back a court in Sri Lanka made history when it convicted Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the controversial leader of Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) who is referred to as 'Thero', The Venerable, and sent him to jail. Scores of
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity Liverpool Hope University, Tagga
News: TNA set to split as elections approach
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), of which the Ilankai Tamil ArasuKatchi (ITAK) is the single largest constituent, appears to be heading for a split, with the Sampanthan and Wigneswaran factions failing to find a common ground to work together. A likely outcome is the emergence of two new groupings, with the ITAK and its adjuncts being on one side and a conglomerate or congeries of groups headed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran being on the other side. The two factions have been on the verge of a split several times before but have stayed together in an uneasy relationship either because there was no alternative path in sight; or because there was no immediate need to part ways; or because of pressure from an external
News: Govt. to curb underworld activities: Ruwan
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The government has decided to curb underworld activities with the assistance of the tri-forces, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday. He said the decision was taken at the Defence Council meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena and assured that underworld activities that has raised its ugly head would be rooted out for the people to live peacefully. According to him, a large sum of money had been spent for national security and that would be given continuously.
News: London High Commission hosts promoting the rural business in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London facilitated a business promotion event on the theme 'Help Sri Lanka for a Better Tomorrow', organized by InfoMate (Private) Limited Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of the John Keells Group. The event focused on the role of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in creating employment in Sri Lanka through impact sourcing. The main purpose of the session was to promote the Rural BPO sector of Sri Lanka and to attract businesses from the UK market to create more employment in the rural areas of the country. Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, in his welcome speech, stated that Sri Lanka was one of the emerging destinations for providing off-shore services for ICT and BPO services. He also mentioned that finance and accounting, legal, insurance, banking, telecommunication, data management and consultancy are some of the main areas of focus and
News: Lodge complaints on army deserters
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Army has requested the public to notify the nearest police station of information pertaining to Army deserters. Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu speaking to NewsRadio said close to 8,000 army personnel have deserted the service without notice. Brigadier Atapattu said operations are underway to arrest those who have deserted. Information has also been uncovered that those who vacated the service are engaged in various criminal activities.
News: Prisoners’ rights group files complaint with NPC
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners yesterday (25), lodged a complaint with the National Police Commission against the alleged custodial, extra-judicial killing of a suspect, suspected of involvement in a recent attempted robbery in Matara and the subsequent killing of a Police Officer in a shootout that ensued. Secretary of the Committee, Sudesh Nandimal Silva, made the said complaint urging that an independent inquiry be conducted without heeding the one-sided account made by the Police justifying the death of a suspect who was handcuffed and with manacled feet.
News: Sri Lankan sovereignty, non-negotiable!
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan sovereignty – its supremacy in domestic policy and its independence in foreign policy – is under a two-pronged attack. In Sri Lanka, the neoliberals seek physical appropriation of territory and all that it contains, targeting the very substance of sovereignty and independence – the inalienable right of the people to full and permanent sovereignty, including possession, use and disposal, over all their wealth, natural resources and economic activities. Without permanent sovereignty, there can be no independent domestic or foreign policy; without it, independence and sovereignty are but empty shells.
Photos: How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Videos: News Line TV1: The latest of corruption in Sri Lanka. Wasantha S & Faraz.
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)

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