February 2015

Northern Province Chief Minister backs K. Sripavan as the CJ

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court Judge C V Wigneswaran welcomed the appointment of Justice K Sripavan as the new Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Wigneswaran said that Sripavan deserved to be appointed as the Chief Justice adding that his appointment will go well for the legal system in Sri Lanka. “He is a good man and we can expect some good through his appointment,” Wigneswaran said. However he noted that a change cannot be expected overnight in Sri Lanka’s judiciary with Sripavan’s appointment and so it will take time. Wigneswaran also noted that in some instances the Chief Justice will need the backing of Parliament to implement some changes and so it is best to adopt a “wait and see” approach.(Colombo Gazette) Audio Player http://colombogazette.com/2015/02/01/wigi-backs-k-sripavan-as-the-cj/ […]

UN pushes for credible process

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed on the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible accountability mechanisms on the war, which meet international standards. Eri Kaneko at the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that advancing accountability, like other parts of the post-war agenda in Sri Lanka, will lay the basis for the country to make further progress on peace, democracy and development. Kaneko said the UN stands ready to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the post-war agenda, as the UN has consistently affirmed. “The Secretary-General is aware of reports that the new administration is considering setting a domestic accountability mechanism and will be carefully assessing developments. The Secretary-General has stressed the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible accountability mechanisms that […]

Report to be submitted to Centre on problems faced by fish’men

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

A Parliamentary Standing Committee today said it would submit a report to the Centre on the problems faced by fishermen, including attacks allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the vexed issue. “The Committee visited Ramanathapuram and met affected fishermen. We will submit a report to the Centre on problems faced by the fishermen, including attacks by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the problem,” Committee Chairman Dr E M Sudarsana Nachiappan told reporters. He said this after the committee visited the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre at Madras High Court campus and held discussions with officials on this issue, besides also on sending Sri Lankan refugees back to […]

Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Geary determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied, regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality. Considerable attention has been paid to how boys’ educational achievements in science and math compare to girls’ accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls in these areas. Now, using international data, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, have determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studiedregardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality. “We studied the educational achievement levels of 1.5 million 15-year-olds from around the world using data collected between 2000 and 2010,” […]

A Chance for Justice in Sri Lanka?

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in Sri Lanka’s 2015 presidential election evoked, for me, some harrowing images and a glimpse at a path to justice. An estimated 40,000 civilians died in the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, as government forces battled the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. While no court has held a formal investigation, it is alleged that government forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. In 2010, London’s Channel 4 News produced an extraordinary investigative documentary into the killings, and asked me to comment on the international legal implications of the footage. The video was the most graphic evidence of war crimes that I had seen. It appeared to show Sri Lankan government troops executing […]

JHU threatens Govt: Punish criminals or we quit

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

The Jathika Hela Urumaya has threatened to quit the government, before the 100-day time frame comes to an end, if the latter fails to take.. JHU threatens Govt: Punish criminals or we quit By Anuradha Samuel The Jathika Hela Urumaya has threatened to quit the government, before the 100-day time frame comes to an end, if the latter fails to take… .. speedy action against thieves, murderers and corrupt persons. JHU Leader Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said, “If the present government also acts like the previous one and fails to punish the corrupt persons and murderers, we will be compelled to leave the government even before the 100-day period is over.”

DMK Condemns Tamil Nadu Govt Over Lankan Refugee Issue

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

DMK leader Karunanidhi yesterday condemned the AIADMK government for not participating and voicing its opinion in a meeting convened by the Centre to discuss voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. Referring to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “a conducive atmosphere does not prevail in Sri Lanka for Tamil refugees to return there,” he sought to know why it was not voiced in the meeting. “The same opinion could have been voiced in the meet convened by the Centre and an effort could have been made to find a solution to the issue,” he said, criticizing Tamil Nadu government’s decision to avoid the meeting. The Union government had convened a meet Thursday in Delhi to discuss voluntary repatriation of […]

Minister Faizer Mustapha To Officially Resign On Monday

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Civil Aviation State Minister Faizer Mustapha, who is displeased with the appointment of Ajith Dias as SriLankan Airlines Chairman, is to officially resign from his ministerial portfolio on Monday, Asian Mirror reliably learns. Mustapha is going to resign from his position on the grounds that he was kept in the dark about the appointment although he was the duly appointed state minister to overlook the subject. Ajith Dias, a prominent business leader in the apparel sector, was appointed as the SriLankan Airlines Chairman by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Asian Mirror last week exclusively reported that Mustapha had threatened to quit his position and he had sent a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena in this regard. Mustapha, who was elected to Parliament in 2010, extended his […]

‘Ensure improved climate to protect press freedom in Lanka’

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

The country ranked fourth on CPJ’s 2014 Impunity Index Washington: A US-based journalist advocacy group has asked the new Sri Lankan government to ensure improved climate for press freedom and to take concrete and meaningful steps in this regard. In an open letter to the new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPG) said, he has the opportunity to write a new chapter in country’s history. “Under your leadership, Sri Lanka can regain the confidence of its journalists by undertaking serious reforms that promote press freedom and an open and free press,” Joel Simon CPJ executive director said in a letter to the Sirisena dated January 30. “As Sri Lanka readies itself for a new chapter in its history, we urge […]

There is still hope for Sri Lanka’s minorities

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Sirisena’s positive moves will stand his country in good stead in the eyes of the global community Sri Lanka’s minority communities, especially the Tamils, must cast aside their reservations and give the newly-elected government of President Maithripala Sirisena a chance to heal old wounds. Sirisena is reaching out by reversing the clock on the people’s suffering in the civil war that ravaged northern parts of the country. This was once the bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who fought a brutal war for a separate homeland for the Tamils. The decision to return private land seized by the military during the armed conflict and release hundreds of detainees is a statement of intent by Sirisena’s government on carving out the path to […]

Canada seeks power devolution

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

The Canadian Government says it will continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that it is Canada’s hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government He also welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court and recalled that in January 2013, at the time of the Chief Justice’s impeachment, he had expressed deep concern about the opaque and politicized nature of her impeachment, an action that severely undermined the legitimacy of the rule of law in Sri Lanka. “We also welcome the recent appointment of a civilian, […]

How the JVP Fought a Guerilla War Against the Indian Army in Trincomalee

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Leading Politbureau member of Frontline Socialist Party(FSP) Kumar Gunaratnam alias “Kumara Mahathaya” a.k.a. Noel Mudalige is very much in the news these days.There is much speculation that Kumar (whose full name is Premakumar Gunaratnam ) who is currently in Sri Lanka on a month long tourist visa may not obtain an extension and may have to leave or be deported from the Island.Gunaratnam is currently a holder of an Australian passport bearing the name Noel Mudalige.The FSP leader who arrived in Sri Lanka a month ago has supposedly violated conditions of his tourist visa by actively engaging in politics during his stay here. Officials from the Immigration and Emigration Dept visited the “Peratugami Samajawadi Pakshaya”(Frontline Socialist Party)party headquarters at Pannipitiya on January 26th […]

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