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News: False Promises
Posted Date: 11/01/2018 (Thursday)
Three years after the election victory of Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ‘unity government’, the failure of meaningful progress on key issues must be confronted head on if visions for accountability, justice and lasting peace are ever to be achieved. While the government has succeeded in opening up sufficient space to garner international praise, with political space in the South having certainly fared well under the present regime, it has abjectly failed to deliver on commitments made to the Tamil people. As the wave of protests which defined the ‘good-governance’ regime’s third year in power illustrate, there is rising
News: UK parliamentarians meet with Sri Lankan military in Jaffna
Posted Date: 11/01/2018 (Thursday)
A group of British MPs who are touring Sri Lanka met with the military in Jaffna last week, despite criticism of ongoing militarisation of the North-East. The delegation, members of the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group for Sri Lanka met with General Darshana Hettiarachchi, who heads the Sri Lankan security forces in Jaffna. Discussions “focused on the civil - military relations, peace building efforts and
Photos: Historic Obligation of Muslims in this local government Poll
Posted Date: 11/01/2018 (Thursday)
Events: Candlelight Vigil to mark 16 yrs of Guantanamo
Posted Date: 11/01/2018 (Thursday)
Outside the US Embassy, Grosvenar Squre, London W!a
Events: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL to mark 16 years of Guantánamo Bay
Posted Date: 11/01/2018 (Thursday)
outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London W1A (nearest underground: Bond Street/Marble)
News: Bond-scam probe is turning democracy into ‘demo-crazy’…
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
One can examine the Bond-scam report and arrive at conclusions after such a close perusal in two diametrically opposed lights. 1. In the context of the current political environment, its apparent findings and President Maithripala Sirisena’s interpretations of the findings and his vicarious intentions of defaming some UNP members of Parliament, despite the fact that his very election as President was principally facilitated by the United National Party (UNP), would lead to him being branded a ‘traitor’. We need to note that the appointment of Arjuna Mahendran who is the central figure in this whole scheme of alleged corruption, as Governor of the Central Bank, albeit at the behest of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, was President’s responsibility and his alone.
News: When a safe haven turns into nightmare… Girls of Darun Nusra allege continued abuse
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A young girl, aged 12, stands outside the probation office in Hulftsdorp. Her tattered abaya flutters in the wind, her manner desolate. She is one of the victims among 18 who were allegedly abused at the Darun Nusra Orphanage, run by Dr. Mareena Reffai. This young girl was at the probation office to complain about the cruel treatment she had allegedly undergone at the hands of the recently appointed matron in the orphanage. "The probation officer had no sympathy for me. Instead, she yelled at me, indicating that she could not help me," she alleged.When the initial complaints were made to the probation officers, they had arrived at the orphanage and had a lengthy audience with the caretaker and the matron. According to
News: Election Monitor condemns polls law violations at Temple Trees
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Election Monitor Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) alleges that the Ministry of Education has used the Prime Minister’s official residence, Temple Trees, for election propaganda purposes. It has written to the Secretary to the Prime Minister not to allow anyone to use Temple Trees for electioneering purposes. "The government has started using the Prime Minister’s official residence, Temple Trees, for election propaganda purposes just like during the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration," CaFFE Executive Director, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said.
News: Rape of Swiss woman in N’Eliya Women shouldn’t travel alone – John Amaratunga
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga yesterday (9) advised women to refrain from travelling alone and instead travel in numbers. "Women should be careful when walking alone," he added. He was responding to a question posed by this reporter about the rape of an 18-year-old Swiss woman at knifepoint at 'Single Tree' in the Nuwara Eliya District on 4 January. Police are yet to make a breakthrough.
News: People’s turn to punish the liars and thieves!
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
As the cloud sets in on the completion of the third year of the Yahapalanaya Government, the wave of corruption that bestows this nation continues to flame. The advent of the Coalition Government led by President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe was an endorsement by the people to prioritise anti-corruption and improve governance. However, the Bond Commission Report only justifies that corruption and fraud are an inherent gene in successive governments and it is only the characters that change.
News: President’s life in danger – MA
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena’s life maybe in danger due to the facts uncovered during the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the controversial bond transactions, General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary, Mahinda Amaraweera said so yesterday speaking to the media. Amaraweera said the people of the country must unite to ensure the safety of President Sirisena as he had taken bold action to curtail corruption. "The report of the Commission was submitted to the President on time and the President has
News: UN child rights committee to review SL
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child would review children’s rights in Sri Lanka on January 15 and 16 in Geneva, the Office of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner said today. The committee would also review Guatemala, Panama, Seychelles, Spain, Solomon Islands, Palau and Marshall Islands on different sessions spanning till February 2.
News: Lots of talk but little progress in Sri Lanka over journalist murders
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
It was the police line-up from hell. Forget all those "Law and Order" scenes where a victim stands anonymously behind a one-way mirror. Sri Lankan journalist Namal Perera had to stand eyeball-to-eyeball with 42 army intelligence officers in April, each of whom, Perera explained to me while demonstrating his fiercest tough-guy glare, faced him with a cold stare and arms folded aggressively. Perera had to think back to that day nine years earlier, on June 30, 2008, when attackers on two motorcycles and in an unmarked white van chased him and his friend as they left the Sri Lanka Press Institute in Colombo, where he was deputy director at the time. He recalled how,
News: Canada, UNFPA to address sexual, gender-based violence in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 10/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka, David McKinnon, and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, signed a letter of agreement in reference to a grant arrangement of CDN$900,000. The grant is provided by the Government of Canada to UNFPA Sri Lanka for the delivery of the project, ‘Addressing Sexual Gender-based Violence through Public Institutions‘, by 31 March 2020.
News: Sending LTTE/Prabhakaran greeting cards via Fb Court remands duo
Posted Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Colombo Additional Magistrate Thanuja Jayathunga yesterday (8) ordered two suspects charged with displaying and distributing the emblem of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organization and the photo of its late Leader V. Prabhakaran, by way of greeting cards for 2018 on Facebook, to be remanded till 17 January. The suspects were identified as Dinesh Kumar and Vijaya Kumar Vidushan. Investigations were conducted by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) following a complaint lodged by Pathum Rasanga, a resident of Ratnapura. TID officers submitted a progress report on the case to Court yesterday.
News: Prince Edward chief guest at 70th freedom festival
Posted Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is expected to be the chief guest at the 70th Independence Day celebrations on February 4, a senior Home Ministry official said. The main parade on that day will be held at the Galle Face Green, the same venue that independent Lanka’s first Prime Minister, D.S. Senanayake, brought down the Union Jack, and hoisted the Lion flag to mark Sri Lanka’s freedom from 400 years of colonial rule, some 150 years under the British.The official said the invitation to a member of the British Royal family was sent through the Foreign Ministry, and had been accepted.
News: DKP Dassanayake & 5 others granted bail
Posted Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Six individuals including former Navy Media Spokesman Commodore DKP Dasanayake who were arrested and remanded on charges of assisting and issuing instructions for the abduction and disappearance of several persons, have been granted bail. The order was issued by Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka this afternoon. Commodore Dasanayake was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department in July 2017 on charges of assisting and issuing instructions for the abduction and disappearance of the 11 youth between the years 2008 and 2009 in Colombo.
News: No truth in North-East amalgamation - Hakeem
Posted Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
\"Some politicians who could not bear to see the masses being with us have been spreading stories that we support the amalgamation of the North and East solely for our political existence. We need not block the aspirations of the Tamil Community\", so said Minister of Water Supply and Town Planning and Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem at an SLMC propaganda meeting supporting SLMC candidates in Nintavur Former Provincial Council member Ariff Samsudeen presided over the meeting. Minister Hakeem further said \"Those who enjoyed the maximum benefit from the SLMC have now left us\". In addition, he added that out of the 15 who were appointed as National List MPs, 11 were not with us anymore and were criticizing us. He also added, \"My political
News: Tamils protest outside Swiss court against case on LTTE supporters
Posted Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Over 150 Tamils protested outside a Swiss court on Monday against a trial involving thirteen LTTE financiers. The protesters held posters of the LTTE and its slain leader Vellupillai Prabakaran and made statements in support of a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka. Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the LTTE stood trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday.
News: Sri Lanka President eyes another year in office, heads for show down
Posted Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the Supreme Court if he can remain in office for six years despite having reduced his tenure to five through a constitutional amendment, officials said Tuesday. The move to seek an interpretation to the 19th amendment to the constitution which among other things reduced the term of office to five years will put Sirisena on a collision course with his senior coalition partner.

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