24th August 2014

Assist RR’s Sports Day on Sunday, 07 Sept 2014 from 11AM

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We would like to invite you to our Sports Day to raise funds to carry out livelihood projects in the East and Vanni and a cataract camp in Mullaitivu. Thousands of families are struggling to make their end meets after the end of the war. Data available for Mullaithivu district indicates that there are nearly 84% of the total families in Mullaithivu district earn less than Rs 5000 per month and around 18% of this 74% earn less than Rs 1500 per month. This data also shows that there are only 26% of the total employable persons are in some kind of employment as at 31 Dec 2012. The remainder of 74% of the employable persons in this district are unemployed and struggling for their […]

Government Slams NPC, TNA

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On 29 July 1987, Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene which stated the devolution powers to the provinces. Hence on 14 November 1987 the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act No 42 of 1987 to establish provincial councils. The Thirteenth Amendment (13A) to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which created Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka.[1] This also made Sinhala and Tamil as the official language of the country and English as link language. After 28 years had gone but to date the Tamil is NOT used as a official language in most of the councils and the Northern and Eastern councils are NOT allowed to run independently as they are dominated by Tamils. The governor if the Northern council is a Military commander. […]

Grave Mistake by Muslim Leaders!

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The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has made a grave error by supporting the 18th Amendment when it was introduced by the government, Hasan Ali, General Secretary of the party told Ceylon Today. He said the SLMC has to accept that grave error, adding that the party’s stance to support the Amendment, was not made clear to most of the members. “Our Party made the gravest mistake by supporting the 18th Amendment, and there were some members who were compelled to support the Amendment. Therefore, we had no other choice than to support it,” he said. Ali added that when important matters, and important decisions were taken; it was not discussed with party members. However, he said it was at the people’s request that all […]

OHCHR Strengthens Probe

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By Easwaran Rutnam The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strengthened its investigation on the war in Sri Lanka, by adding more clauses to the terms of reference (TOR) which includes a clause on the assistance expected from foreign governments, and the basis under which findings of the investigation will be accepted. The new clauses note that consistent with the practice of other United Nations fact-finding bodies, the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) will base its findings on “reasonable grounds to believe” standard of proof. The terms of reference states there are reasonable grounds to believe that an incident or pattern of violations or crimes occurred if the OISL has obtained a reliable body of information, consistent with other information, […]

Visa On Hold For US Journalist

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The External Affairs Ministry says a request for a visa by a Delhi based US journalist has been put on hold as the time is not conducive to approve his visit. South Asia Correspondent for The New York Times, Gardiner Harris, had tweeted saying he had applied for a Journalist visa in June to visit Sri Lanka but he is yet to be granted the same. When The Sunday Leader made inquiries in this regard, a spokesperson at the External Affairs Ministry confirmed that a request had been received from Gardiner Harris to visit Sri Lanka to report on some local incidents including incidents related to Aluthgama. He also said the Sri Lankan High Commission in India had been advised to put the visa request on hold. The government is […]

Drug war: Deal with UN

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Govt move to stop mafia dons using sea route and making Lanka heroin hub A shift in narcotics trafficking patterns from land-based routes across the Central Asian region to maritime channels and Colombo becoming a strategic hub have prompted the Government to sign an agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In terms of the agreement, the UNODC will “develop mechanisms and provide support” with the help of foreign navies to help Sri Lanka accept a limited number of vessels and crew detained in the high seas and found to be in possession of large quantities of heroin. Sri Lanka will be entitled to consider each request on a case by case basis. The UNODC will ensure that support is provided both […]

Sri Lanka trying to buy members of US Senate!

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US probes monitoring MP’s huge deals with PR firms Sri Lanka will pay for PR/lobbying firms in the US will thus be a staggering US$ 2,140,000  US$ 683,635 (or over Rs. 88.87 million) was paid to TAG last year.  Mahinda furious at Sambanthan who said ‘We want to live within a united, undivided Sri Lanka”  Commission probing Disappearances and now tasked to probe alleged war crimes could go on for “two or even three years.”  says President. Cheating and Not keeping his promises is part of President Mahinda. Revelations in the Sunday Times in the past two weeks have prompted a review of mandatory information forwarded to the US Department of Justice by public relations (PR) and lobbying firms assigned by Sri Lanka using vast sums […]

Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

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In Sri Lanka’s poverty-stricken Northern Province, residents say they must stretch the few resources they have in order to survive. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS ODDUSUDDAN, Sri Lanka, Aug 24 2014 (IPS) – In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil. Village lore in Oddusuddan, located in the Mullaitivu district, some 338 km north of the capital Colombo, has it that the land is so fertile, anything will grow here. But Mashewari Vellupillai, a 53-year-old single mother, knows that rich farmland alone is not enough to ensure a viable future. Thirty years […]