23rd November 2016

Colombo educated Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V.Wigneswaran wants ”Proper devolution to All the provinces”!

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COLOMBO:  The view of C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, on the basic structure of the proposed Sri Lankan constitution, runs counter to that of the Constitutional Assembly’s sub-committee on Center-Provincial relations. While the sub-committee has refrained from branding the proposed devolution system as either “federal” or “unitary”, Wigneswaran said here on Tuesday, that the constitution should not only be federal in nature but should identify itself as such. “Proper devolution to the provinces and naming the constitution as ‘federal’ is important. A patchwork of different ideas will not do if the current problems are to be resolved,” Wigneswaran said while initiating a North-South dialogue organized by the Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), which he heads. But this is likely to lead to […]

Power devolution must go beyond PCs

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha Member of Parliament Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne says the new Constitution will go beyond the 13th Amendment in terms of power devolution. “Everybody has agreed to the 13 plus,” he said in an interview with Ceylon Today. Excerpts: ?: Is there a proposal to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in full? A: Yes. We have 28 years of experience when it comes to the 13th Amendment. We know where we erred. The amendment itself has intrinsic problems. We have discussed them comprehensively. The next is the 1987 Provincial Councils Act. There were plenty of dialogue and evaluation reports etc. All the chief ministers and opposition leaders of the provincial councils gave evidence before the steering committee and the committee on centre […]

Rapp says Govt. delays could be attempt to avoid justice for alleged war crimes

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By Dharisha Bastians Reporting from The Hague  Delaying the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms, including a special court to prosecute alleged war crimes, could be viewed as an attempt by the Government of Sri Lanka to “avoid” delivering on truth and justice for thousands of victims of the country’s civil war, a former top official in the US Government’s Office of Criminal Justice said.  Former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Stephen J. Rapp told Daily FT on the sidelines of the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court now underway in The Hague, Netherlands, that there was no reason the Government of Sri Lanka could not begin setting up the office of the prosecutor and putting frameworks in place, even if the […]

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran calls for north-south dialogue

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Urges the southern Sinhala majority to “leave aside emotional politics and unfair suspicion”. Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Tuesday called for greater dialogue between people of Sri Lanka’s north and south. Urging the southern Sinhala majority to “leave aside emotional politics and unfair suspicion”, he assured them that the Tamil minority’s demand for federalism sought to unite, not divide, the country. The Chief Minister was speaking on behalf of the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), a civil society group with professionals, academics and political activists based in the north and east. The TPC would foreground Tamils’ concerns and aspirations, he said at a press conference, his first media interaction in Colombo since assumed charge as Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province in 2013. Pointing […]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran discusses concerns on funds with President

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Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed concerns on funding for the North. Wigneswaran told reporters in Colombo today that the President had responded positively to his concerns. The Chief Minister also told reporters that the heavy military presence in the North even after the war between the LTTE and the military ended in May 2009, is a concern for the Tamils in the area. He said if the Government is seriously concerned about security in the area then the police presence can be increased. Wigneswaran, who has been branded as an extremist by some politicians in Colombo, insisted that he is not attempting to divide the country but wants recognition for the issues faced by the Tamils and respect for their […]

Doctor Chamari Liyanage, who killed abusive husband with mallet, appeals to Peter Dutton to stay in Australia

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VIDEO: Doctor who killed abusive husband appeals to stay in Australia (7.30) RELATED STORY: Woman who killed husband not seeking parole due to immigration fears RELATED STORY: Doctor convicted of killing husband fears deportation to Sri Lanka MAP: Geraldton 6530 A Sri Lankan-born doctor who bludgeoned her husband to death with a mallet after years of abuse is appealing to the Immigration Minister to allow her to stay in Australia after serving her sentence. Key points: Dr Chamari Liyanage killed her husband in 2014 after suffering years of abuse She is currently serving a four-year prison term for manslaughter She has appealed to Peter Dutton not to be sent back to Sri Lanka Dr Chamari Liyanage is serving a four-year prison term in Greenough Regional […]

Sri Lankan jailed for posing as another to get into airport holding room

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SINGAPORE – A Sri Lankan national posed as a Briton and produced a forged India passport to enter the departure gate-hold room for a departing flight to New Zealand, a court heard. On Tuesday (Nov 22), the man and the Briton he was posing as – both unemployed – were each jailed 12 months for their respective offences. Vigneshwararaja Kajanan, 20, admitted to deceiving a Sats customer service officer into believing that he was Keeping Mark John by producing a forged India passport and a Singapore Airlines (SIA) boarding pass bearing Keeping’s name at the Terminal 3 departure gate-hold room on Sept 8. He also admitted to having the forged India passport. Keeping pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally aiding Vignesh to cheat by […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-leader Mahinda slams India

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa launched an attack on India on Tuesday, ahead of his visit to China, a country that strongly backed the island politically and financially during his decade in power. The former leader told a group of local newspaper editors that India had been “furious” when Chinese submarines docked at the Colombo harbour in 2014, towards the end of his presidency. Rajapaksa contrasted New Delhi’s attitude towards his regime and the government of his successor Maithripala Sirisena, accusing India of taking a softer line with the new administration in Colombo. “They were furious when submarines docked at Colombo. From what I know, the Chinese informed the Indian embassy in Beijing before the submarines entered the Indian Ocean. But they […]

India will not allow a military coup in Sri Lanka: Minister

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COLOMBO: India will not tolerate a military takeover in Sri Lanka and will fully support President Maithripala Sirisena to foil any attempts at it, the Minister of Social Services, S.B.Dissanayake, told the media here. He was reacting to an assertion by the Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena in parliament last week that there could a military coup if the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government continued to suppress the opposition and democratic movements both within and outside parliament. Gunawardena had mentioned a police baton charge on a demonstration by retired disabled soldiers in Colombo recently. Dissanayake said that President Sirisena enjoys good relations with India and could trust Indian support to foil any military coup attempt in Sri Lanka. “India will send two ships [to support Sri Lankan government],” he […]