21st January 2015

TN parties hail Sri Lanka’s announcement on 13th Amendment

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RELATED NEWS  Leaders condole Tamil magazine group chief’s demise Transport unions commence indefinite strike in TN Governor, Jaya, Karuna greet people on Pongal TN parties flay noose for fishermen; ask Centre to save them Convene all-party meet on inter-state issues: TNCC to TN Govt   DMK and several other parties in Tamil Nadu today welcomed the announcement made by newly-elected Sri Lankan Government that it would implement India-backed 13th Amendment to the Constitution on devolution of power to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community in the island nation. Expressing joy over Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement on the issue yesterday in Lankan Parliament, DMK President M Karunanidhi said it had given a “huge confidence to the world of Tamils”. “The new regime should […]

Mangala promises demilitarisation of North, domestic war crimes probe … calls upon TNA to join govt.

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BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Our Special Correspondent NEW DELHI, January 20: Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Mangala Samaraweera has outlined a series of steps President Maithripala Sirisena’s Government will undertake to achieve national reconciliation in the civil war-ravaged island-nation. Talking to a select group of journalists here on Monday, he said the new government will demilitarise the Northern Province, order a domestic probe into the excesses reportedly committed during the last phase of the so-called Eelam War IV in 2009, and take suitable steps to provide relief and justice to victims of the civil war that tore the country apart for nearly three decades. He also said the government will soon initiate a dialogue with the one-million-strong Sri Lankan diaspora scattered across the globe […]

From Bullets to Ballots: The Face of Sri Lanka’s Former War Zone

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Many in the Vanni struggle due to a combination of poverty, war-related injuries and untreated trauma. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka , Jan 20 2015 (IPS) – In four months’ time, Sri Lanka will mark the sixth anniversary of the end of its bloody civil conflict. Ever since government armed forces declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 19, 2009, the country has savored peace after a generation of war. Suffocating security measures have given way to a sense of normalcy in most parts of the country, while steady growth has replaced patchy economic progress – averaging above six percent since 2009. But these changes have largely eluded the area where the war was at its worst: the Vanni, […]

Ranil promises radical constitutional reforms to solve ‘national problem’

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UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing parliament on opening day of the new session. President Maithripala Sirisena sits next to the Premier. (Pic by Sudath Silva) by Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged in Parliament yesterday to bring about radical reforms to the Constitution to find a solution to the national problem within the first 100 days of the new government. “I specially mention that the solution would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country. We will introduce the 19th Amendment to the constitution repealing the provisions of the 18th amendment to establish independent commissions and bring about a solution to the national problem. The new amendment will preserve the unitary status and the provisions of the 13th amendment […]

Missing Persons Commission says 2,000 complaints need serious investigation

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Missing Persons Commission says 2,000 complaints need serious investigation by Sulochana Ramaiah Mohan A separate file with 2,000 complaints on missing persons awaits serious investigation, says the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP).Chairman of the Missing Persons Commission, Maxwel Paranagama, told Ceylon Today the separate file for investigation is ready as it comply with international humanitarian law and human rights law. A team of experts in that area is also needed. “There are some areas linked with international laws and we need to investigate those complaints separately,” he said. He added this is not the final set of complaints that needs investigation. He reiterated that he had informed the former regime, the UPFA, about another investigating panel that is required. “We […]

Will implement 13th Amendment within a unitary state: Ranil

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The Sri Lankan government will implement the 13th Amendment to its Constitution within a unitary state, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said. Implementation of the 13th Amendment — born out of the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 — has remained a long-pending demand of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main party representing the island’s Northern Tamils. The Amendment envisages substantive devolution of political powers to the provinces. In his first parliamentary address after assuming charge as Prime Minister — following the Sri Lanka’s January 8 presidential elections — Mr. Wickramasinghe said: “We will implement the 13th Amendment within a unitary state.” Given that the TNA backed President Sirisena in the elections, the Northern Tamils — who voted against President Rajapaksa in large numbers — would […]

Douggie misses the bus

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Douggie who once strutted about like a vein peacock in the North has now been reduced to a crestfallen pathetic figure.   Losing his long-held Ministerial portfolio was bad enough. And the worst possible too has happened. He lost his electorate too. After all, Douggie is a politician and didn’t someone say that politics is the art of the possible? He met the former Madam. And he didn’t cut corners in approaching the subject.  “Madam, we supported you when you were in office. Later we had to throw in our lot with the deposed Big Boss. But that is a thing of the past. We wish to extend our support to the new incumbent,” he explained. The former Madam who gave a patient hearing to […]

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The One-Hundred-Day Programme of President Maithripala Sirisena (MS) was launched last week with three good speeches; one of two promises largely kept and the third postponed, hopefully to be fulfilled sooner rather than later. President Sirisena made three good speeches during the last seven days, the first during his swearing-in ceremony, the second in Kandy and the third when his Cabinet of Ministers sworn-in. His continued emphasis on the principles of good governance, uncompromising opposition to corruption and to the cause of national unity is indeed heartening. President Sirisena promised to accomplish two major political goals in the first week of his new administration. One was the formation of an “all-party” Cabinet with UNP’s Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.  The other was the appointment of […]

13A subjected to Unitary Character

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his first parliamentary address after assuming office in the new administration headed by President Maithripala Sirisena — said the Government would preserve the unitary character of the Constitution when introducing constitutional reforms. He outlined the plan for the execution of the 100-day programme and said the Government would introduce the 19th Amendment to the Constitution for the establishment of independent commissions which were rendered worthless under the 18th Amendment. The Prime Minister said fresh constitutional reforms would be enacted to transfer the executive powers to the Legislature and the Cabinet during this period. “We will introduce these reforms while preserving the unitary character of the Constitution. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution will be implemented subject to that principle,” he […]