Day: 19 March 2018

I will Topple the Current Govt – Mahinda

By Meera Srinivasan Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next week, and claimed he had the support of some legislators in the PM’s United National Party (UNP). Declaring that he was close to bringing the government down, Mr. Rajapaksa said: “The UNP’s own …

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Death threats to Principal of Tamil Girls’ MV, Badulla

Principal of Tamil girls’ school who was allegedly made to kneel down by Former Uva Province Chief Minister said that she has received death threats. The Principal made this revelation during a media briefing held at Colombo today (18). Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake was accused of making the female Principal kneel before …

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LANKAN DELEGATION HEADS TO GENEVA TOMORROW

A high-level Sri Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow, where it will attempt to show progress on its human rights commitments, amid mounting calls for more political will to implement reconciliation and accountability measures set out in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 that the country co-sponsored in September 2015. In Geneva, Sri Lanka will unveil a host …

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Gota Under Oath You Lied, You Lied!

It was around 2005 or 2006 when the “MiG Deal” as it was called broke out through The Sunday Times written by it’s Defence Columnist Iqbal Athas bringing the story into focus. This initial article was followed up with The Sunday Leader going into further detail into this “Deal” laying the blame squarely on the then Secretary to Ministry of Defence Gotabaya …

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FAMILIES OF THE MISSING PROTESTS CONTINUE AS OMP STARTS WORK

KILINOCHCHI: Inside the makeshift tent by a dusty roadside in Kilinochchi, an elderly woman, Kulasinhan Sagunthalai, says, seeing her daughter again is her only remaining desire. “She is my only child.” Sagunthalai was separated from her daughter in 2009, during the final stages of war, at Mullivaikkal.” Security forces separated the parents and children of …

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Consensus among political parties to revert to PR system for PC polls

The political parties have, by and large, agreed to revert to the old Proportional Representation system for conducting the elections to the provincial councils, a Minister said yesterday. The government has already enacted legislation to conduct the elections to the provincial councils under a mix of the First Past the Post and Proportional Representation systems. …

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War and peace in Sri Lanka, through the eyes of veterans

Nine retired officers flew to the island nation they served as a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force Thirty years ago, as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), they found themselves in the thick of action over the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). …

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Congress underlines growing Chinese presence in the region.

Congress underlines growing Chinese presence in the region. The Congress on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exercising a personalised foreign policy which eroded India’s international credibility. Party president Rahul Gandhi, in his speech at the Congress plenary session, underlined the growing Chinese presence in India’s neighbourhood and made a specific mention of the …

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No-confidence motion against Prime Minister: Another political killings waiting to happen?

No-confidence motion against Prime Minister: Another political crisis waiting to happen Strong undercurrents are once again rocking the shaky relations between the two coalition partners — the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP). This is notwithstanding a deceptive lull and momentary distractions. They were caused first by the ethnic violence …

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No Doubt Sri Lanka Is At Crossroads: GTF

“Sri Lanka agreeing to a well-defined, time-bound action plan for simultaneous operation of all transitional justice processes should be the top priority for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC),” says the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) “As Sri Lankan issues will be taken up at the UNHRC next week, the GTF would like to highlight the following for the …

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British Council empowers Lankan teachers to develop professional educational partnerships

British Council’s Schools programme has been designed to help education systems to develop 21st century skills in children. This is by developing capacities of teachers, head teachers and policy makers on effective teaching of 21st century skills in their classrooms and schools for setting up a sustainable platform for children to practice these skills in …

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Quest to implicate Gota in Lasantha’s murder

by C.A.Chandraprema Even though there is supposed to be an ongoing police investigation into the 2009 murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga,  what we have been seeing for the most part is a series of investigations and arrests in relation to various matters on the sidelines of the murder. One of the first persons …

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Doubts over the new TV reconciliation channel because only Tamil can understand it

Sri Lanka’s national television network opens a new channel dedicated to Tamil culture, identity and religion. For some it is “useless” because it cannot be understood in the south; for others it is “a positive effort” because today’s Tamil youth have abandoned their culture in favour of “Western styles”. Colombo (AsiaNews) – The Sri Lankan …

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