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Photos: Cluster bombs used in Sri Lanka's civil war, leaked photos suggest
Posted Date: 20/06/2016 (Monday)
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Photos: GL: Govt. in a soup of its own making Foreign judges in accountability process:
Posted Date: 19/06/2016 (Sunday)
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News: Reclaiming Sinhalese settlement rights in Tamil dominated Jaffna
Posted Date: 19/06/2016 (Sunday)
Supported by the Sri Lankan government machinery, Sinhala nationalist outfits and Buddhist monks from Colombo, a group of 57 Sinhalese families from South Lanka have settled in Navatkuli in the Tamil-majority North Lankan district of Jaffna in a determined bid to reclaim their rights there in the teeth of opposition from the Tamil political parties. It was in late 2009, following the end of Eelam War IV, that the then government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa took the decision to aggressively push for Sinhalese resettlement in the North to nullify the Tamil militants’ policy of fashioning a mono-ethnic Northern province as a prelude to the creation of an independent Tamil Eelam.
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News: The battle in Geneva
Posted Date: 19/06/2016 (Sunday)
Against the backdrop of a statement made by former Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa that there's no Tamil problem for a political solution, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a democratically elected political party called as the 'mirror of Tamil Tigers', and some others seeking a 'balanced' justice for all Sri Lankans killed either by the LTTE or the security forces, the government is in the process of 'narrowing' the 'outsized' United Nations Human Rights Resolution (UNHRR) passed on Sri Lanka.
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News: Sampur project uncertainty continues
Posted Date: 19/06/2016 (Sunday)
The uncertainty over the Sampur thermal power project continues as the NTPC, India’s partner in the coal-fired 500-megawatt (MW) project, is awaiting advice from the Central government on the issue of change of fuel for the proposed plant. The issue has been raised by Sri Lanka, which apparently now favours liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the fuel.
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Photos: Implementation of RTI Act, “every public institution will be legally bound to provide information” Paranawithana
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
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Photos: Unit of devolution
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
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News: Mr R. Sampanthan’s Adjournment Motion in Parliament
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
The leader of the TNA, R. Sampanthan, has moved an important motion in Parliament (10 June 2016), on behalf of the Tamil people in the North and the East. Perhaps as he has moved the motion as the Leader of the Opposition, there is much substance and less rhetoric, both in the motion and the speech that he has delivered. I am not saying that the motion or the speech is completely devoid of ‘political rhetoric.’ But the issues that he has highlighted and the facts and information that he has supplied should draw the attention of not only the government, but also the general public at large who are concerned about the unity and reconciliation in the country. Reconciliation along with ‘justice and equality’ are the key notions that he has also highlighted.
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News: Katchatheevu needs a political settlement’
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
The Katchatheevu row requires only a political settlement, as there is nothing to be sorted out legally between India and Sri Lanka, according to a senior legal expert, Nirmala Chandrahasan. Ms. Chandrahasan, now a consultant to the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) of the Sri Lanka government, told a high-profile seminar on the India-Sri Lanka relationship here on Thursday that the Indian government did not consider Katchatheevu a “disputed territory” and it had recognised the islet as a part of Sri Lanka. As there was no legal dispute on this issue, the question of taking the matter to international courts did not arise.
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News: China to help developing northern Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang pledged to push forward ties with Sri Lanka by assisting development of the former war zone in the Tamil-dominated north, a Chinese Embassy official said on Friday. During a four-day visit to Northern Province, the ambassador met with Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Northern Governor Reginald Cooray, saying that China stood ready to offer assistance to Sri Lanka and the province.
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Events: NRT-SL Public Meeting
Posted Date: 18/06/2016 (Saturday)
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Photos: Lanka ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over: Indian envoy
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: Impunity and Justice: Why the UN Human Rights Council Must Stay Engaged in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
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News: Unit of devolution
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform headed by its Chairman Lal Wijenayake has recommended retaining the Province as the unit of Devolution. The Commission proposes 6 "alternate formulations" based on the Province as the peripheral unit. These formulations vary from retaining the existing 9 Provinces without merger with provision to withdraw devolved power without consent, to merger with minority participation in the Executive and the Legislature and other formulations in between, including the re-demarcation of existing boundaries.
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News: Former Sri Lanka president urges more development projects with Japan
Posted Date: 17/06/2016 (Friday)
Amid a proliferation of development deals in Sri Lanka, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his country and Japan could work on more projects together, including hospitals and highways. “I believe that the infrastructure projects are very important for Sri Lanka after the war,” Rajapaksa said during an interview with The Japan Times on Wednesday in Tokyo.
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Photos: IMF faults inaction
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
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Photos: Fault Lines
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
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News: 'New and transformative' phase in India - Sri Lanka relations began with new government – envoy
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
A 'new and transformative phase' in relations between India and Sri Lanka began last year heralding a new beginning after the formation of a new government in Sri Lanka, the Indian envoy said today. Delivering the opening remarks at the panel discussion "India - Sri Lanka Relations in the 21st Century" organized by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Indian High Commissioner to Colombo YK Sinha said bilateral ties have become robust and entered a new phase with highest-level engagements as four high level bilateral visits within 90 days of the formation of a new government last year heralded a new beginning
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News: Speech by M.A. Sumanthiran – Congressional caucus briefing 14th June 2015
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
Thank you, Mr. Moderator. Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to address all of you in this forum. I have been asked to make a few remarks with regard to Sri Lanka’s progress in this transitional phase. The transition commenced in January last year when there was a change in the office of the President. Just prior to that, most friends of Sri Lanka were gravely concerned that Sri Lanka was going down the precipice, in that it was moving towards an authoritarian regime. The Constitution had been amended; we had an executive presidential system with a two term limit that had been amended to enable the incumbent to run for however many times that he wanted to and there were very serious concerns with regard to democracy deficit and accountability and non-accommodation of dissent and so on.
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News: Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S. Speaks on How LankaCorps Can Aid Post-Conflict Reconciliation
Posted Date: 16/06/2016 (Thursday)
On May 18, The Asia Foundation held a reception at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, hosted by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S., Prasad Kariyawasam, as an opportunity for members of the area’s Sri Lankan diaspora and policy community to learn about the Foundation’s LankaCorps program. Over the past four years, 25 young professionals have served as LankaCorps Fellows, a unique opportunity developed by The Asia Foundation for young people of Sri Lankan heritage to live and work in Sri Lanka and contribute to the dynamic, multi-ethnic nation’s post-war recovery through six-month fellowships. Senior program officer Diana Kelly Alvord spoke to Ambassador Kariyawasam after the event.
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