6th November 2014

MR Asks For SC Opinion: A Political Trick – AHRC

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( November 6, 2014, Hong Kong SAR, Sri Lanka Guardian) “A careful reading of the two questions, posed in the letter as (a) and (b), makes it clear that what is being attempted is a political trick; the Court’s opinion has been requested in order to give credence to the political scheme,” pointed in its latest statement issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission, a rights group headquartered in Hong Kong SAR. The full statement is below; According to a letter written to the Bar Association by the Registrar ( click here to read the letter ) of the Supreme Court, the President of Sri Lanka has, under Article 129(1) of the Constitution, referred two questions to the Supreme Court for its consideration. The Court […]

Sinhala Colonization Continues In The North says JVP

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The blatant abuse of power by the Rajapaksas to score votes in the South has prompted further escalation in the Sinhala colonization in the North – JVP MP Vijitha Herath has informed in parliament yesterday that a large number of families from Hambanthota have been given away lands and resettled in the North. According to MP Herath a land area of one acre has been given to every family that was resettled in the North from Hamabanthota and this village has been named as ‘Namalgama’. MP Herath who disclosed these facts during his statement at the debate on 2015 budgetary allocations for the Ministries of Defence and Law and Peace, had pointed out that these actions are being carried out to gain political mileage against […]

US cautions Sri Lanka against attempts to silence those cooperating with the United Nations (UN).

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The United States (US) has cautioned Sri Lanka against attempting to silence those cooperating with the United Nations (UN). Concerns have been raised in recent times over reports that Sri Lankan authorities are cracking down on anyone attempting to assist the UN led investigation on Sri Lanka. Ambassador Keith Harper, the US Representative to the Human Rights Council, tweeted saying that Sri Lanka must understand that attempting to silence those cooperating with UN is an attack on the UN. Yesterday the External Affairs Ministry had said that arrest of Sinnathamby Krishnarasa, a non-rehabilitated LTTE cadre, led to the discovery in his possession of blank forms containing signatures of persons affected by the conflict. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said in the statement that questioning Krishnarasa had led to the […]

Will process be transparent asks UNP

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The main opposition United National Party (UNP) questioned in Parliament today if the process by the Supreme Court to determine if President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for a third term or not will be transparent or secret. UNP MP Eran Wickremeratne urged Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to inform Parliament on the process to be carried out since that question cannot be posed to the Court by an MP directly. “I have a right to ask this from Parliament,” the UNP MP said when he was told he was deviating from the topic being discussed in Parliament today related to the 2015 budget. The President has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court on if he can contest for a third term in office and for that opinion […]

3,000 persons are cramped into this shelter, which is only capable of housing 37 families!

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Britain agreed to construct separate houses to estate people “Govt Does not Require International Assistance to help … Govt. strong enough to take care of Koslanda landslide victims The Koslanda tragedy and Police arithmetic comedy Facilities for Koslanda victims inadequate The factory which has been identified as a temporary resettlement shelter for the victims of the Koslanda landslide is capable of housing only 37 families, whereas 3,000 persons are cramped into this shelter, according to a source in Koslanda. The source further added that over 300 persons are being housed in schools, temples and kovils with minimum facilities.   These people are demanding the authorities to find them permanent housing, as conditions are beyond liveable. The factory is an old tea factory which was shut […]

Fishermen death row: Sri Lankan expert calls for bilateral settlement

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New Delhi, Nov. 5 (ANI): The executive director of Sri Lanka’s Institute of Policy Studies, Dr. Saman Kelegama, on Wednesday called for a bilateral settlement between New Delhi and Colombo on the issue of the death penalty given to five Indian fishermen in a drug smuggling case. “This is a thing that is concerned with both the countries. So, we have to bilaterally settle this issue of fishermen crossing maritime border and fishing in each others’ territory,” said Dr. Kelegama. “Neighbours always have problems, be it in South Asia, Latin America or wherever. So, this is a typical problem between two neighbours,” he added. Dr. Kelegama said the fishermen row has created a conflict between India and Sri Lanka. The Colombo High Court had earlier […]

Will resolve sentenced fishermen issue with India, says Sri Lanka

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka Wednesday held out hope for the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death, with visiting Sri Lankan Minister Sarath Amunugama saying there have been no executions in the island nation for the past decade and the issue will be resolved with India. In answer to a query, International Monetary Cooperation Minister Amunugama told journalists on the sidelines of an event here: “No execution has happened in Sri Lanka for the past 10 years. I am sure that this issue (of the Indian fishermen) will be resolved with India.” The minister said the matter was in the Sri Lankan court and the judicial process has to be completed first. And it was up to the executive authority to decide on […]

Will Sri Lanka lose Japan and South Korea because of Chinese submarines?

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Ajit Doval Told Gotabhaya Rajapaksa “Chinese Submarine Presence Unacceptable to India” but Colombo Defied New Delhi by Allowing “Changzheng-2″ Nuclear Sub to Dock. Navy Chief: Sri Lanka’s relationship with China not at India’s expense Chinese submarines in Colombo not a threatening situation: Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa built up a close friendship with South Korea when he was the Prime Minister in 2004. Former South Korean Foreign Minister and incumbent Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, who arrived to provide aid to Sri Lanka in 2004 during the tsunami tragedy went to inspect the damages caused by the tidal waves accompanied by Mahinda, who was the then Prime Minister. During that visit, Mahinda assured Ban Ki-moon that he would convince President Chandrika Kumaratunga to […]

Govt. fuels speculation of Mangala’s crossover

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Ranil ready to give up  presidential candidature At the last presidential election in January 2010, Wickremesinghe threw his weight behind former Army Commander retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka and helped cobble together a coalition consisting of the UNP, the JVP, the SLMC, the CWC and the TNA. UNP National leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured his party that he will not obstruct any move to replace him with some other candidate capable of forging Opposition political alliance to contest the next presidential election. He has suggested two-time President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as an alternative. Govt. fuels speculation of Mangala’s crossover The government yesterday said that a team of powerful UNP MPs would join it shortly. Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party headquarters, Investment Promotion […]