17th February 2016

Chandrika surprised at MR’s participation at Vijaya Kumaratunge commemoration

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Former President Chandrika Bandranaike Kumaratunge yesterday said that it was strange to see former President Mahinda Rajapaksa participating at an event to commemorate late politician and artiste Vijaya Kumaratunge, as Rajapaksa did not even participate at Vijaya’s funeral. Former President Rajapaksa participated in a event at the New Town Hall in Colombo to commemorate the 28th death anniversary of politician and famous actor Vijaya Kumaratunge yesterday. The commemoration ceremony was organized by the Mahajana Party. Answering a question from a journalist at a similar event held in the Gamapaha district, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge said Rajapaksa was the only SLFP leader who did not participate at the Vijaya Kumaratunge’s funeral. Former President Kumaratunge said that Rajapaksa always had issues with her late husband and […]

Geneva demands less intrusive and intimidating military presence in N & E

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Geneva demands less intrusive and intimidating military presence in N & E February 16, 2016, 6:21 pm By Shamindra Ferdinando Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has interpreted the first step in security sector reform as withdrawal of a section of security forces from the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Northern Province comprises the administrative districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya. The Eastern Province consists of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, didn’t mince his words when he called for the reduction of the military force, deployed in the two provinces, to a less intrusive and intimidating (emphasis mine) as first step in security sector reform. The declaration was made in the […]

War violations probe is Sri Lanka’s decision

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War violations probe is Sri Lanka’s decision Says Prince Zeid who believes victims on all sides must have faith in mechanism : Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, may have been relieved that the kind of Sri Lankan hospitality that his delegation received during his visit here last week was quite unlike the abusive ‘welcome’ extended by some pro-government activist groups and ministers of the previous government when his predecessor, Ms. Navi Pillay, visited Sri Lanka. Indeed, at the press briefing in Colombo at the end of his visit, Prince Zeid remarked on it. Interestingly, the demonstration outside the gates of the UN compound in Colombo, the venue of his media briefing, was not by a group against the […]

Permission Sought To Commemorate LTTE ‘Mahaviru Day’

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Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms received a proposal seeking legal permission for the commemoration of the dead LTTE soldiers on ‘Mahaviru Day’. The proposal was presented before the committee yesterday at the Jaffna District Secretariat by a resident of Sulipuram, Jaffna East. Chairman of the committee, Lal Wijenayake said that the commission was accepting public views and comments on new constitution at Jaffna, today as well. In addition, he stated that a special committee, headed by Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, has also been appointed, to push for people’s rights in Northern Province. Their opinions and suggestions would be considered regarding the matter as well, Wijenayake said. http://www.asianmirror.lk/news/item/14855-permission-sought-to-commemorate-ltte-mahaviru-day

President visits Holocaust Memorial & Jewish Museum

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President Maithripala Sirisena who arrived in Berlin this morning (Feb. 16) visited the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish museum in the evening. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has been built to memorize the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This, which has been designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims. The Building began on April 1, 2003, and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public two days later. Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Daya Gamage, Malik Samarawickrama and Mahinda Samarasinge also joined the President in this visit. http://www.president.gov.lk/news/president-visits-holocaust-memorial-jewish-museum/