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News: Sri Lanka Parliamentary Elections: NPC Chief Minister’s Saga
Posted Date: 30/08/2015 (Sunday)
Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal had apparently ticked him (CM) off for trying to be a hero to the disgruntle splinter and ineffective groups in the Diaspora and to the hard-line leftovers in his own Province. Hardly having delivered anything tangible to the people of North, in one meeting in the US, his foreign Diary Secretary was politely asked to shut up to let the CM speak. Diary Secretary was in for even worse treatment at the most important meeting of all, in New York, where he was refused entry to a meeting which resulted in a tantrum being thrown by him in front of those senior UN hosts. They said nothing doing, which the CM had to accept.
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News: TNA urges the government to honour their commitment
Posted Date: 29/08/2015 (Saturday)
In a press statement released by TNA today reads as follow: At the General Election held on the 17th of August 2015, the United National Party (UNP) emerged as the party with the largest number of seats in Parliament. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) obtained the second largest number of seats. It has been announced that a National Government has been formed and that Members of Parliament who contested and were elected under both the UNP and the UPFA have accepted cabinet portfolios. Accordingly, both the UNP and the UPFA bear collective cabinet responsibility. As political parties in Parliament, they thus must publicly support all Governmental decisions made in Cabinet.
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News: Omantahi check point removed
Posted Date: 29/08/2015 (Saturday)
Military Spokesperson Bridger Ruwan Wannigasooriya announced that security forces have taken steps to remove the security check point located at Omanthai in Vavuniya with effect from today, Saturday, August 29. He said, “check point is now fully operational and vehicles entering via A9 highway to the Jaffna Peninsula and the vehicles leaving the Peninsula are now being subjected to checking at the Omanthai checkpoint. The public has now been given the opportunity to travel on the said route without any intervention”.
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Videos: MP Rathika's Interview with CTR - Calling International investigation on Tamil Genocide
Posted Date: 29/08/2015 (Saturday)
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News: Opposing the Rule of Law
Posted Date: 28/08/2015 (Friday)
How Myanmar’s Courts make law and order written by Nick Cheesman has been release today. The rule of law is a political ideal today endorsed and promoted worldwide. Or is it? In a major contribution to the field, Nick Cheesman argues that Myanmar is a country in which the rule of law is 'lexically present but semantically absent'. Charting ideas and practices from British colonial rule through military dictatorship to the present day, Cheesman calls upon political and legal theory to explain how and why institutions animated bya concern for law and order oppose the rule of law. Empirically grounded in both Burmese and English sources, including criminal trial records and wide ranging official documents, Opposing the Rule of Law offer the first significant study of courts in contemporary Myanmar sheds new light on the politics of courts during dark times and sharply illuminates the tension between the demand for law and the imperatives of order.
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News: “TNA will Accept Domestic Investigation if it has International Participation”- M. A. Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 28/08/2015 (Friday)
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Nisha Biswal, has said that the US will be moving a resolution on human rights and war crimes in Sri Lanka at the September session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). But the resolution will be drafted in collaboration with the Lankan government, key stakeholders within and outside Lanka, and the international “core group” on Lanka, she added. Briefing select media here on Wednesday at the end of a two day visit, Biswal said that the US-led “collaborative” resolution will “reflect” on the way forward for Lanka in its bid to address human rights and governance issues.
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News: THE LAST KING OF LANKA - A stunning story by a 22 year old Sri Lankan Girl
Posted Date: 28/08/2015 (Friday)
I first met President Rajapaksa when I was 11 years old. I had won a national short story competition and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs had taken me and several other winners to Temple Trees to see the President. He was a rare and skilled politician. He knew the game and he played it very well. He had a clever way of making people feel comfortable around him. He patted our heads spoke to us for a long time; asked us about school and home. We were infatuated. He had us hooked. The other kids and I would go home and tell our friends and family what a great man he was.
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News: Tamils will Keep Pressing For International Probe: NPC Chair
Posted Date: 28/08/2015 (Friday)
In an interview with the press, senior leader of the Federal Party and the chair of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.K Sivagnanam said that the Tamils will keep pressing for an international probe into charges of war crimes against the Sri Lankan government even though the US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Nisha Biswal, has made it clear that the US will only seek an independent and credible Lankan domestic probe.
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News: Travel Ban on Gota lifted
Posted Date: 27/08/2015 (Thursday)
The Galle Magistrate today lifted the travel ban imposed on former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The order was made when the case regarding the floating armoury at the Galle Harbour was taken up, for the Criminal investigation department to report facts to court. The order imposing a travel ban on former navy commander Somathilaka Dissanayake, former additional secretary of the Defence Ministry Sujatha Damayanthi Jayarathne, directors of the Avant-Garde company Palitha Fernando and Manjula Kumjara Yapa were also lifted by court.
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News: Biswal Bullish!
Posted Date: 27/08/2015 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka looked set to escape a minefield of international action on war crimes allegations with a US Government announcement yesterday that it would sponsor a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next month supporting the Government’s plans for a domestic investigation and reconciliation. The announcement marks a departure from the previous US position that allegations about atrocities committed in Sri Lanka at the end of the war had to be probed internationally in the absence or failure of domestic processes.
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News: Rare opportunity for meaningful reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 27/08/2015 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan people deserve great admiration on the successful conclusion of the most free and fair parliamentary elections since May, 1970. The conclusion of the election has presented a rare opportunity to deliver meaningful reconciliation and a lasting peace. The U.S.-led international community should seize this historic opportunity, facilitating the required political climate to make reconciliation a reality in Sri Lanka The election victory of United National Party (UNP) can shift the country in a new revolutionary path, paving the way for a rapid development.
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Photos: CaFFE urges repeal of PTA
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: TNA consolidates with strong Diaspora backing
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Biswal’s visit Hastens Swearing-in of three key ministers
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
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News: Toronto Tamil fest kicks off campaign to open Tamil-Canadian museum
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
A local Tamil community is in the process of opening a museum chronicling the history of its Canadian integration. The effort will start in earnest this weekend during the inaugural Tamil Fest in Scarborough. The goals include exploring Tamil people’s journey to Canada and how they connect with their homeland. “We are very engaged in every aspect of the country, politics, education or business,” said Anton Philip, who is coordinating the effort. “You name it, we are there, you know.”
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News: Sri Lanka: A Lesson for U.S. Strategy
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka provides a glimpse of small power-great power relations in a future multipolar world order. For much of the period since its independence, Sri Lanka attracted scant regard throughout the West. At the culmination of its civil war, some attention did begin to be paid to human rights issues. In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka has begun to feature as a country of strategic relevance to the great powers. For one, it sits at the center of the Indian Ocean, likely to be one of the world’s most strategically contested regions in the coming century. Sri Lanka is also halfway between China and its energy sources in the Middle East, something Beijing had responded to largely successfully until January this year when Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidency.
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News: In Shift, US Backs Sri Lanka's Own War Crimes Probe
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month's U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka's government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. The announcement by the visiting Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal of a joint resolution with the Sri Lankan government presents a major shift by Washington on the South Asian island nation.
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News: Changing political dynamics
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
The parliamentary election held on Aug. 17 represented a seismic shift in the political culture of Sri Lanka. In the past, there was a culture of violence and corruption to the hilt. But this time, following the change of leadership that took place in January, it was clear a new atmosphere had emerged. In the months following the January presidential election, the victors made good governance a keynote theme of the new administration. However, the government — still a minority in parliament — struggled to implement legal reform.
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Videos: Amirthalingam interview
Posted Date: 26/08/2015 (Wednesday)
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Events: Dementia Awareness Week Celebration
Posted Date: 25/08/2015 (Tuesday)
The Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, Norbiton, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7AZ
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