Month: January 2016

Tamils seek power devolution in Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

ALSO READ Sri Lanka opposition demands joint Indo-Lanka naval patrolsSri Lanka minister resigns over floating armoury scandalSirisena pledges new era of ‘consensual politics’ in Sri LankaSri Lanka’s rival party members part of new consensus CabinetSri Lankan parliament begins process to adopt new Constitution   Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party today demanded devolution of powers in the …

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Sri Lankan Tamil journalist’s kin oppose film release

Opposing the release of a Tamil film based on the life of a slain Sri Lankan Tamil journalist Isaipriya, titled ‘ Porkalathil Oru Poo ’, her mother and sister have approached the Madras High Court seeking to restrain the director from releasing the film. Isaipriya’s mother Veda Ranjana and sister Dharani on Thursday moved a …

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Sri Lanka’s missing thousands: one woman’s six-year fight to find her husband

When journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing, police told wife Sandhya ‘getting abducted was fashionable’ and he would soon return. More than 90 court appearances and a change in government later, she is still searching. Sandhya Eknaligoda has had a date at court in Homogoma, Sri Lanka, every month for the past six years. The 52-year-old …

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Power Sharing Quest of Sri Lankan Tamils After Independence

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The premier political configuration representing the Tamils of Sri Lanka in the Northern and Eastern provinces is the Tamil National Alliance(TNA). According to newspaper reports the TNA seems to be disappointed over perceived delay in setting up an appropriate mechanism to draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. It is also worried about …

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PM to make statement on overseas accounts

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement in Parliament with regard to the revelations made by Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on bank accounts in Dubai belonging to a former VVIP family, an MP and a head of a government institution, which exceeded USD 3 billion. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said the …

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Local activists, organizations condemn President’s statements

Local activists and organizations have condemned President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent statements wherein he appears to be indicating a withdrawal from the obligations the Government had committed to in the consensus resolution passed at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October 2015. In a joint statement, 144 local activists and organizations said that …

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US notes missing in Lanka at informal UNSC meeting

The United States discussed the issue of missing persons in Sri Lanka during an informal meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC). During a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Global Challenge of Accounting for Missing Persons, the Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, Samantha Power spoke about her visit to Sri …

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Ranil fumes in Parliament over media and war crimes issue

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremessinghe today in Parliament slammed some media institutions on the manner they had reported the issue over the involvement of foreign judges in the accountability process on the war. He insisted that the government will not agree to an international war crimes tribunal on the Sri Lanka issue. “We have not signed the Rome statute,” …

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Skeletal remains found in secret Navy Prison

BY Ishara Ratnakara Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday ordered the CID to launch a probe into the discovery of skeletal remains in the underground prison named ‘Gunside’ located within the Ocean Science Faculty premises of the Naval Command in Trincomalee, during the visit there of an overseas monitoring group that was probing disappearances in …

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Geneva Resolution Is A Mutual Agreement: Friday Forum

“The resolution co-sponsored by our government at the United Nations Human Rights Council is a mutual agreement entered into by Sri Lanka, as a sovereign member state of the UN, which recognises our responsibility to embark on a process of reconciliation among communities that will foster peace and prosperity.” says the Friday Forum. Issuing a …

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Minister rejects ”International aid” in investigating ”War Crime Investigation”.

International community should not demand an international process to investigate war crime allegations, pointed out Faiszer Musthapha, Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government.  “Generally you call for an international process when you don’t have faith in the domestic mechanism. President Sirisena has put a very independent judicial mechanism in place. I don’t think the international  community should have any …

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This is Sri Lanka : Magistrate To Withdraw From Case Due To Monks’ ‘Hooliganism’

Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake today rejected the bail application filed on behalf of Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera and informed that he intended to withdraw from the case. The Magistrate informed the court that he had already sought the Attorney General’s advice regarding the possibility of withdrawal from the case. “I will …

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Bail application filed for Gnanasara Thero rejected

Bail application filed at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court for the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested and remanded for contempt of court has been rejected. Attorney-at-law Sumudu Hewage had filed the bail application on behalf of the Bodu Bala Sena organization, Ada Derana reporter …

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Gnanasara Thera Violates Prison Regulation While In Remand: Officials Turn Blind Eye

In stark violation of prison regulations, the officials of the Welikada prison had allowed more than 50 visitors to meet Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Glaagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera who is currently in remand. According to prison regulations, only three visitors are allowed to visit a suspect in custody, on a daily basis. In addition, any …

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The only way preventing the country getting divided is from a federal system – TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that what is expected from a new constitution is only about how the power of the government is devolved.  TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumandiran said “the best method to prevent the country getting divided is the devolving of power based on federal principles” During a media communiqué held in Colombo …

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Opposition questions contradictory comments on war crimes probe

Opposition questions contradictory comments on war crimes probe The opposition today questioned the contradictory comments being made by the Government on the war crimes investigation. Joint opposition member and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that while the Foreign Ministry had told the UN international judges will be allowed to assist the probe on the war in …

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Danish parliament tightens rules on asylum seekers.

COPENHAGEN, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — The Danish Parliament on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that tightens rules on asylum applications and empowers the authorities to confiscate valuables of asylum seekers to finance their stay in the country. Lawmakers in Copenhagen voted 81-27 in favor of the new austerity measures, aimed to make the country less …

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Government to brief Parliament on alleged offshore accounts of MR

The Government today said it will brief Parliament on the alleged offshore accounts of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Prime Minister will need some time to gather the information related to the accounts in order to brief Parliament. He was responding to a question raised by Janatha Vimukthi …

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