3rd February 2015

Commonwealth hails Sri Lanka’s new war crimes probe

3rd February 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (AFP) – The Commonwealth on Tuesday welcomed Sri Lanka’s plans to establish a “credible” inquiry into war crimes allegations, after talks with new President Maithripala Sirisena and the former British colony’s other leaders. Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma also offered Commonwealth assistance to set up the judicial inquiry into allegations troops killed thousands of Tamil civilians during the final stages of its ethnic war. “We have discussed options for practical Commonwealth support for these vital domestic processes, and welcome the intent to establish a credible domestic investigation mechanism that respects international humanitarian law,” Sharma said at the end of a three-day visit. Sirisena pledged during last month’s election campaign to set up a probe into allegations 40,000 civilians were killed in the final push of the […]

Wimal hired vehicles for political work, paid events managing firm without following proper procedures

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Housing and Samurdhi Minister Sajith Premadasa recently accused the Engineering Corporation of hiring a fleet of 33 vehicles at monthly cost of Rs. 80,000 each for political work. Minister Premadasa said that such excesses wouldn’t happen under his stewardship under any circumstance. The minister was addressing representatives of the construction industry at the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) on Jan. 31. The National Housing Development Authority (NHDA), too, has hired 15 vehicles in support of the UPFA political project. Minister Premadasa said that political project implemented by the NHDA at the expense of funds available for construction of houses had been stopped. Both Engineering Corporation as well as NHDA had been under the purview of National Freedom Front (NFF) leader […]