27th February 2016

Jaffna University Imposes Code Of Ethics: Bans Beards, Denims, T-shirts

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University of Jaffna’s administration and Senate decided to implement a code of ethics for the university students and staff. Accordingly, the following instructions have been given by the university authorities. * Wearing denims and T-shirts are banned during the lectures. * Every Fridays women should wear sari. * Students and Academic staff are not permitted in the class rooms if they have beard. It was not clear if this was applicable to all students, including Muslim males, who usually wear beards, one commentator said on Facebook.  Convener of the Inter Students Union T. Sasidaran said the rights of students would be curtailed due to this code of ethics. Student Unions say that the freedom and privacy of students would be affected by the move and […]

Sri Lanka could accept international actors in war crimes probe

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By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said on Thursday he is willing to consider international participation in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency. “I think it is only fair that the victims of the war would want some form of guarantee that the new courts will deliver justice and accountability in a fair manner, and for that we are willing to consider the participation of international actors,” Mangala Samaraweera, the minister, said at a Washington think tank. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has previously said that foreign participation was not needed for an impartial inquiry. The foreign minister’s comments come after the United Nations said earlier this month that it would not force Sri Lanka to accept a […]

Repeal PTA soon!

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Repeal PTA soon! Last week, the Centre for Human Rights raised concerns about repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), claiming that by dragging their feet on repealing the PTA and taking legal action against those detained under the PTA, the AG’s Department and the Ministry of Justice are harming the credibility of the government. The issue came up again in the backdrop of a hunger strike by 12 PTA detainees demanding release from prison. PTA, in the recent past, was regarded as a controversial law and the existence as well as the need for its existence was questioned by many, particularly human rights organizations. International community had identified PTA as an obstacle to promoting reconciliation during the post-war period and suggested the government to […]

Sirisena To Appoint Presidential Commission To Probe Rajapaksa Era Media Attacks

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President Maithripala Sirisena is to appoint a Presidential Commission to investigate the attacks on journalists and media organizations which were carried out during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule. The Presidential Commission will be tasked with probing the attacks on several journalists including Poddala Jayantha, as well as the attacks on Sirasa TV and Lankaenews. Meanwhile, speaking at the US Institute of Peace, Washington DC on Friday, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the investigation into the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga was moving extremely well. “But for obvious reasons, and until the suspects are rounded, the details are curtailed. But I assure you that the investigations of Lasantha Wickrematunga and Prageeth Ekneligoda are moving forward,” he added. Samaraweera also went on to claim that there […]

Tamils Dispute Government’s Claim About Tamil Buddhists in Lanka

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COLOMBO: Tamils are disputing the Sri Lankan government’s claim that there are 22, 254 Tamil Buddhists in the country. Most Tamils feel that this is a gross exaggeration. The Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganeshan, told Express, that the claim might have been made “for propaganda purposes”, to show the dominant Sinhalese-Buddhists that significant inroads have already been made into the largely Hindu Tamil minority. But the government’s claim is based on the 2012 census, says Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunartilleke. He told parliament earlier this week, that there are 22,254 Tamil Buddhists in the island, 11 of whom are monks. The Tamil-majority Northern Province itself has 470 Tamil Buddhists. Karunatilleke further said that government plans to reopen a Buddhist religious school in Jaffna which […]

Wigneswaran Opposes Tamil-Sinhalese Marriages

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COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, touched off a new political controversy when he said in Jaffna on Monday, that he does not favor Sinhalese-Tamil marriages before the Tamils get equal rights in the country. Wigneswaran  was responding to Provincial Governor Reginold Cooray’s suggestion at the 9 th National Scouts Jamboree, that Sinhalese-Tamil marriages be encouraged to bring about national reconciliation. The Governor was only reflecting a general Sinhelese view that ethnic admixture will obliterate the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic division, and there will be no basis for the  Tamils’ seeking a separate ethnic enclave  in the North and East of the island. Perhaps the Governor, who is a Sinhalese, also thought that Chief Minister Wigneswaran would welcome mixed marriages […]

The Hidden Truth Behind CSN’s Money Laundering

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By Ulapane Sumangala Thero – Is this the result of practicing politics of hate or of politics of revenge? The answer that is required to be sought in this regard in the first place is whether the CSN channel was started in order to fulfill the role of a media organization or for the purposes of money laundering. The shortest answer that can be given in this regard is something that needs to be asked from the heads of the CSN channel, in that for the past year having spent an investment in excess of Rs 200 million to implement the project, where is the profit and loss/income statement pertaining to in this endeavor? What are the rewards afforded to those like Ashan Fernando who […]