8th April 2015

Bishop urges to ensure safety of Ex-LTTE cadres

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BY MIRUDHULA THAMBIAH Bishop of Jaffna Rev. Thomas Savundranayagam pointed out to the Australian High Commissioner Robyn Mudie that the new government should ensure the safety of the ex- LTTE cadres as they were intimidated frequently even after they have been integrated with the society after the rehabilitation process. Responding to the Jaffna Bishop, Australian High Commissioner Mudie said that the Australian Government would be always supportive of a healthy reconciliation in the island. Speaking to the media on the meeting he had with the Aussie Envoy on Monday (6) Bishop Savundranayagam said that the Australian High Commissioner was very particular about the current situation in the peninsula. According to the Bishop except for the changes such as releasing of certain areas of lands and […]

UN official on northern field visit

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Haoliang Xu, the visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific conducted a field visit to the North as part of his visit to Sri Lanka, the UN Office in Colombo said. In the North, Xu travelled to Mullaitivu to assess the support extended by UNDP to the community in the District. In Mullaitivu, Xu handed over a rice mill to the Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) Panankamam, a producer organization supported by UNDP Sri Lanka under the Norway and New Zealand funded Northern Livelihood Development Project I. Through this rice mill, the MPCS will be able to increase the production capacity to 30-40 MT per month. He then met […]

19th Amendment Parliamentarians take wait and see attitude

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The 19th Amendment is a much discussed and debated topic currently, with certain parties and individuals having conflicting views on the crucial elements in the Amendment. In this context, Dailymirror  sought the views of several politicians from different parties on their views of the controversial 19th Amendment.  We need a new constitution but froma new Parliament- Dew Gunasekera When this constitution was brought in 1972, we were the ones who opposed it even though we were not in the government at the time.  It was brought as an urgent Bill even though it was a new constitution and it was passed in Parliament by a 5/6th majority. We held a protest at Hyde Park with other leftist leaders at the time and we have presented […]

Confused Sirisena Yielding Ground to Resurgent Rajapaksa

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COLOMBO: The fledgling Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government appears to be yielding ground to a resurgent former President Mahinda Rajapaksa because of internal disunity, contradictory policies and indecisive political leadership. The first concrete sign of deep trouble appeared on Tuesday when the government’s bid to get parliament’s nod for raising the threshold of Treasury Bills by LKR 400 billion to meet vital government expenditure was defeated by 21 votes. The defeat clearly indicated that the government cannot take for granted the support of the opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for the 19 th. Constitutional Amendment. This amendment is meant to dilute the powers of the President and increase the powers of the Prime Minister and parliament. It was a major plank of Sirisena’s Presidential election […]