November 2015

Foreign Ministry says not yet presented any formal nomination for SL HC post in London

1st November 2015 // 0 Comments

The government has not as yet presented any formal nomination for the post of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the Court of St. James, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said last week. Clarifying The Sunday Island story headlined “Foreign Secretary new SL’s HC in London”, the Ministry said that Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara has not been nominated to head the mission in London. Note by our London Correspondent Sujeewa Nivunhella: As the SL High Commission in this key European capital still remains headless for more than one year (since the resignation of Dr. Chris Nonis following the incident of alleged assault involving then External Affairs monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardane in October 2014), there was intense speculation that finally a decision had been made to nominate […]

Defence Ministry reviews banned LTTE front organizations

1st November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Defence Ministry will be submitting a review report on the 16 banned LTTE fronts and the names of over 400 individuals accused of supporting terrorism, to the Foreign Ministry this month (November) in a prelude to a possible lifting of the ban on them. Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiaarachchi told Ceylon Today that the Defence Ministry and Foreign Ministry are jointly reviewing the banned LTTE front organizations and 400 individuals whose names were gazetted last year (2014) under the Rajapaksa regime. ” The Defence Ministry is in the process of a minutely detailed review of the 16 LTTE fronts and other individuals all of whom were banned under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 and will submit their review to the […]

No graves for Sri Lanka’s disappeared

1st November 2015 // 0 Comments

S.M. Premasilee commemorates All Souls’ Day but is not sure whether she should or not. That’s because she doesn’t know if her husband and two brothers are still alive or dead. The 61-year-old Tamil woman nonetheless travels more than 250 kilometers to pay homage at a specially erected monument for those who have no tombs — people like her relatives, who disappeared at the hands of Sri Lankan security forces in the late 1980s. The monument, erected in 2000 with about 600 photos of Sinhalese and Tamil people who disappeared, is in front of St. Cecilia’s Church, on a tiny strip of land in Raddoluwa in Colombo Archdiocese. It was here in this former “no man’s land” between government forces and rebels that two bodies […]

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