24th October 2014

Sri Lanka hires up in Washington amid war crimes probe

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The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth Washington firm this year as it awaits the results of a United Nations human rights investigation into alleged war crimes. Levick is subcontracting through Liberty International Group, a government affairs firm owned by former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to represent the semi-autonomous central bank of Sri Lanka. “Levick’s mission is to utilize communications supported advocacy to tell Sri Lanka’s amazing story of recovery after a decades long civil war against a brutal terrorist organization, as well as to assist the Central Bank in communicating opportunities for trade and investment between our two nations,” Mark Irion, president of Levick, said in a statement to The Hill. The work by Levick will include “outreach to US media, opinion […]

30 expat Tamils to contest Canadian local polls

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More than 30 expatriate Tamils of Lankan origin are contesting the Local Government polls in the Ontario Province, Canada next Monday (27). According to informed sources, this is the largest number of Tamils of Lankan origin to contest the Local Government polls in Canada. Several of the candidates are in their 30s and early 40s and they belong to the second generation expatriate Tamils who migrated to Canada following the civil strife in the island, sources said. A recent survey conducted in Canada put the total population of the Tamils of Lankan origin in the country at 200,000 and it is for the first time a significant number of Tamils are contesting the Local Government polls at the majority French region, Ontario, sources said. Following […]

A way out from the constitutional impasse

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By H.K. Seneviratne LL.B, Attorney-at-Law Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva setting forth an argument that constitutional obstacles do exist for the incumbent President to contest for a third term notwithstanding the removal of two term limit of presidents made on 9 September 2010 by way of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution has gripped the political and legal circles in perplexity over the issue. As opposing opinions have emerged over time, the Sri Lanka Bar Association in considering the importance of the matter has decided to seek an opinion from a legal expert of an international repute over the issue. President Mahinda Rajapaksa Though the issue is seemingly getting embroiled in complexity, the examination of it shows it is a straightforward one. Let’s examine […]

Government’s winning formula for several elections.

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From ethno-nationalism to good governance By Jehan Perera The decision of the EU Court of Justice to remove the ban on the LTTE on technical grounds has come as the government and political parties are mobilizing for snap presidential elections likely to take place in January. The immediate response of the government to the EU decision has been to describe opposition politicians and civil society activists who travelled to the West in recent times as traitors who contributed to the decision to lift the ban on the LTTE. This message is being repeatedly taken to the people by the State media. While the decision is a legal one taken by the Court, and not a political decision by European Governments, this is unlikely to impress […]

Till it’s time to crossover

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Playing the waiting game Minister of Public Management Reforms, Navin Dissanayake last week sought to quash rumors regarding his impending crossover from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to the United National Party (UNP). He was quoted in the media as insisting he would not leave the government on any account, but would rather return to practicing law if he lost his ministerial portfolio. Dissanayake however, is no stranger to jumping ship. He was among the 17 UNP MPs led by Karu Jayasuriya, who crossed over to the government in 2007 to ‘strengthen the hands of the president’ during the period when the war was at its height. One can argue that the current UPFA government is being propped up largely thanks to such crossovers […]