24th April 2017

Govt. won’t amend laws according to EU requests – Rajitha

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Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne says the government will not amend laws according to the whims and fancies of the European Union. The Minister said Sri Lanka’s culture opposed to that of the West is drastically different. The European Union has submitted a proposal based on several factors stating Sri Lanka cannot be granted the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus or GSP+ tax concession. Accordingly the relevant debate and voting process will be conducted on Thursday. The proposal states Sri Lanka has not pledged a satisfactory commitment towards obtaining the GSP+. The proposal also includes concern over Sri Lanka’s refusal to annul the Terrorism Prevention Act. However Minister Rajitha Senaratne said an act to prevent an act of terrorism that may arise in the country […]

Elections in US, EU and Britain while Democracy takes a back seat – EDITORIAL

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 ince June 2016, and continuing until September 2017, the ‘democratic’ western nations from Britain to the US, from Holland, to France, to Germany have been awash with election mania. Unfortunately the plethora of elections in the ‘democratic’ western countries and in the US has witnessed the rise of open race hatred, Islamophobia and exclusivity. In all these countries political parties challenge the incumbent rulers for the right to force regime change via the ballot. And, after all that is one of the issues democracy is all about. Democracy is about the right to challenge and change without fear of repercussions. Democracy and elections are about the right to freedom and enhancing the rights and freedom of all people in a particular nation or country. They […]

Fighting corruption is good for Sri Lanka: British HC

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Making progress in the fight against corruption is good for Sri Lanka, for Sri Lankans and for Sri Lankan businesses, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said. Speaking on “Corporate Governance: staying ahead of the risk of corruption,” the High Commissioner said if corruption was tackled properly, it will be easier for Sri Lankan business to proper. “Get it right, at least get it better, and it will be easier for Sri Lankan businesses to prosper, will help companies and country alike to attract investment, and will enhance the country’s international reputation,” he said. He said he is proud of the work the High Commission has been doing, at the invitation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to share experience of tackling financial crime […]

Army Accused Of Turning Blind Eye On Haiti Rape

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by Easwaran Rutnam  Military Says Accused Soldiers Dealt With The Army came under fire last week over its alleged failure to deal with the soldiers accused of rape in Haiti. However the military insisted that all those accused and found guilty have been dealt with, including the contingent commander. The Associated Press, in a detailed report revealed several incidents of rape involving Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti. Army spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader that while 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers had been accused in the report, investigations conducted at the time the allegations first surfaced, found that only 29 soldiers were involved. “A high level delegation had been sent by the Army to Haiti and an investigation was conducted and those found guilty […]

Germany calls for political will to implement Sri Lanka’s 2015 promises

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Germany believes its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in 2015. The government needed more focus and should  invest in political will to move forward with its announced reform agenda, the German Ambassador to Sri Lankan Jorn Rohde told  the “Sunday Island” yesterday.”Its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised in 2015.” Acknowledging that successful steps had been  taken with regard to the Office of Missing Persons, Right  to Information and the Constitutional Assembly, he said that  important issues on constitutional reform pertaining to devolution of power, return of land to the war affected, replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act with legislation in line with international standards  and effectively tackling corruption and impunity remained unresolved. The Ambassador […]