12th June 2015

An Indictment Of A Criminal State

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By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe – The recent gang rape and murder of an eighteen year old Tamil school girl, Vidya Sivaloganathan in Pungudutivu, raised righteous protests and condemnation from all decent people throughout the Land. There is already a high rate of rape and child abuse in the country. It is a damning indictment of a rotting, morally defunct neo-colonial State and Social Order. Women and children from all communities and nationalities are subject to this heinous crime of violent sexual abuse- on a routine basis. Gang rape and murder have occurred before. So, what was of particular outrageous provocation that assaulted the conscience of society over the gang rape and murder of Vidya? There are several reasons and those who protested and raged may […]

Senior US Senator Patrick Leahy claims domestic mechanism alone not enough

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A domestic mechanism alone to deal with accountability for human rights in Sri Lanka is not likely to be sufficient, a senior US Senator said on Tuesday.  Senior US Senator Patrick Leahy told the Senate on Tuesday that it was essential that the justice process was not only about truth telling, but was also a “credible, independent mechanism with authority to investigate, prosecute and appropriately punish those responsible for war crimes”. Leahy who is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that for years impunity for serious crimes has been the norm in Sri Lanka. “The Sri Lankan people, the United States and other governments, the United Nations, and international human rights groups have long called for justice for the victims of atrocities […]

Mangala steps-up efforts to integrate Tamil Diaspora

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday said that the government of President Maithripala Sirisena had realised the true value of the Diaspora community and was ready to take tangible measures to accommodate them. Minister Samaraweera was addressing a gathering at a brief function at his ministry to hand over dual citizenship certificates to a selected group of persons. Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga was also present on the occasion. Controller Immigration and Emigration M. N. Ranasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara and Acting Secretary to the Ministry of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs W. A. Perera also participated. Minister Samaraweera said: “Today you formally renew ties with your country of origin, Sri Lanka, and become citizens […]

Mangala under fire over talks with GTF in UK

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by Saman Indrajith The Opposition yesterday demanded to know from the government whether Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had obtained prior permission from the President, the Prime Minister or the Cabinet of Ministers to have talks with the members of Global Tamil Forum, a banned pro-LTTE terrorist group in London. Leader of the Opposition Nimal Siripala de Silva, making a special statement, said there were reports that Foreign Minister Samaraweera had held talks with the GTF, which had been acting against the national interests of Sri Lanka promoting separatist agenda and destroying Sri Lanka’s image at international forums. “There were further reports that the meeting had been facilitated by some non-governmental organisations based in South Africa, several Norwegian organisations and was attended by representatives of a […]

Giving back GSP, a matter for EU- Dauris

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By Ishara Gamage Ceylon Finance Today: The prospects of Lanka gaining back the EU’s GSP plus preferential trade concessions are brighter, if Sri Lanka adheres in to the EU requirements, new British High Commissioner, James Dauris said yesterday. He made this remarks during the breakfast meeting, which was organized by the council for business with Britain. “I don’t want to comment about various countries’ human rights track record. Giving back the GSP status is strictly a European Union matter,” he remarked. Sri Lanka has tremendous opportunities to attract UK investments. Specially, rural Sri Lanka can benefit those potential investments, he further said. “We maintain close relationships with UK businesses in Sri Lanka through the Council for Business with Britain, the British Business Group and other […]

FM welcomes 150 new dual citizens of Lanka

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Govt. reverses former regime’s dual citizenship moratorium Mangala urges dual citizens to be stakeholders in journey towards reconciliation and development   Handing over the dual citizenship certificate to the first recipient by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga Minister of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Foreign Ministry Secretary C. Wagiswara and Department of ImmigrationController GeneralM.N. Ranasinghe ​     Reaffirming the Government’s commitment to build bridges with the Diaspora communities, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday handed over dual citizenship certificates to 150 Sri Lankans living overseas. At a ceremony to hand over the dual citizenship certificates, Minister Samaraweera issued a warm welcome to Sri Lankans […]

SLFP, UPFA not involved in Matara meeting-Susil

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UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha has said that the SLFP and the UPFA are not involved in organising a meeting at Matara today (12) MP Premjayanth, in a statement issued last night said that recently advertisements had been published in the newspapers without approval from the SLFP and the UPFA. However, a spokesperson for bring-back-Mahinda-campaign said that SLFPers wouldn’t be deterred by attempts to sabotage the meeting. According to him, the vast majority of UPFA parliamentary group would participate in the event, the latest in a series of meetings held since the January presidential election to garner support for the former President. No consent from UPFA for MR meeting in Matara – Rajitha … www.dailynews.lk/?q=political/no-consent-upfa-mr-meeting–matara… 9 hours ago – No consent from UPFA for MR […]

”President Rajapaksa appointed incompetent (his family members) people for certain posts” says Udaya Gammanpila

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By Shaahidah Riza and Umesh Moramudali The 100 days allocated to deliver the promises made by the government to the people has lapsed. Whilst a few targets were met, certain key factors including electoral reforms are yet to see the light of the day. In the same light, a few political parties have changed colours, and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), of which President Maithripala Sirisena was the General Secretary, is also facing an imminent split due to two factions that formed within the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by the SLFP of which one faction are Maithri loyalists and the other, Mahinda loyalists. Western Province Councillor and Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Udaya Gammanpila, a key member of the latter […]

UNP defeated Mahinda when he was in power – Kabir

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by a Staff Correspondent After a long break the forthcoming parliamentary elections seems to offer the UNP a great opportunity to build a parliamentary majority of its own. Here Minister Kabir Hashim, General Secretary of the party and Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion gives a breakdown of the efforts taken by the party to rejuvenate it. Q: What are the steps being taken within the party and its extensive national organisational network to win as many seats as possible? A: The party is focusing on re-building the confidence amongst the party cadres and making them believe once again that we as the oldest party in the country can win and return to power. We have already started membership drives around the country, and are […]