1st December 2015

”NO International Judges” says President

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President Maithripala Sirisena has said that with judges of the calibre of one of the world’s most eminent jurists, C.G. Weeramantry, among us, he saw no reason for Sri Lanka to import judges — an apparent reference to the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva. Making the keynote speech at a BMICH felicitation ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the appointment of Justice Weeramantry as a judge, the President said an independent judicial service was one of the time tested pillars of democracy. Speaking in the presence of Chief Justice K. Sripavan, the president of the Court of Appeal and other judges, the president said he had since coming to office in January not interfered with the independence of the judiciary and […]

The Tragic Death Of Chenthuran Is A Warning For All Of Us – TNA to be blamed

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By V. Anandasangaree – The tragic news of an Advanced Level student of Kokuvil Hindu College named Rajeswaran Chenthuran committing suicide by jumping in front of an express train from Colombo, came as a rude shock to Tamils all over the world. Everyone in Jaffna and many others around the country shared the grief with the bereaved family. On the 27th, the day of cremation all schools in the peninsula remained closed as a mark of respect and to enable thousands of students from many other schools to participate in the funeral. Why did this boy do this? What did he gain except bringing unending grief for years to come, to his kith and kin. There is no one related or even known to him […]

Say “no” to arms for Sri Lanka, urges PMK

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A day after Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag left forSri Lanka to review bilateral defence ties, PMK chief Ramadoss today said the visit was a “matter of concern” and wanted the Centre to declare a policy that it would never provide arms and military aid to the island nation. Yesterday, the Army Chief embarked on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he would review the bilateral defence ties and discuss new avenues of cooperation. Referring to the visit, Ramadoss said there was “nothing wrong” in the army chief of a country travelling to another country to deliberate military cooperation. “However, the country of his travel (Sri Lanka) and the intention of his visit is a matter of concern,” he said. He claimed […]

Bar surprised over HC Judge’s charge

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) the pioneering body comprising all lawyers in the country expressed its surprise over the incident where the Galle High Court Judge had filed a case against former Solicitor General and President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne after his phone started ringing inside the court house. Bar head, Geoffrey Alegaratnam PC told the Daily Mirror, that it was unusual and surprising the way how the senior criminal lawyer had been charged. “It is a very surprising order on the part of the High Court judge. We are considering this incident in details and contemplating on the incident,” Mr Alegaratnam the head of the unofficial bar said. “We have a certain courtesy between the bar and the judicial officers. This is not […]

Special Excise Unit robs Rs.2.5mn from suspect?

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Controversy surrounds a shocking incident relating to the Colombo Excise Department where members of its special branch had allegedly assaulted and threatened a businessman in Mannar at gunpoint and robbed his cash amounting to Rs.2.5 million, informed sources disclosed. Six members attached to the special unit, which is known as the Special Branch or the Intelligence Unit that directly operates under the purview of the Department’s Deputy Commissioner Crimes, had arrested a businessman in Mannar on November 21 during a special raid. The Excise team in civvies led by the Officer-in-Charge of the special unit armed with pistols had obstructed the businessman’s car at an undisclosed location on the Mannar – Anuradhapura main Road. The businessman identified as Dushmantha and his driver Pradeep were taken […]

SL to auction seized Indian fishing trawlers

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4 Indian fishermen arrested in November “No end to Indian fishermen entering our waters” – SLN Spokesman Captain Akarm Alavi By Shanika Sriyananda Indian trawlers seized while poaching Sri Lankan territorial waters and damaging the country’s marine flora and fauna are to be auctioned soon, according to Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director General Lal Fernando. Fernando told the Daily FT that a total of 61 Indian trawlers, some of which were sized as far back as May 2014, are held in the Department’s custody, and will not be released but auctioned instead. Fernando said, “The Ministry has taken a firm decision not to release any trawler or mechanised boat caught violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) of Sri Lanka. We will release […]