8th May 2017

Gotabhaya And The Political Implications of Dual Citizenship

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Kumara Vidugalage Dona Geetha Samanmalee Kumarasingha popularly known as Geetha Kumarasinghe is in the eye of a politico-legal storm. The glamorous actress turned politician who was elected to Parliament in August 2015 from the Galle district on the United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA) ticket has been unseated by an Appeal court ruling. According to newspaper reports the Court of Appeal on May 3rd 2017 issued a Writ of Quo Warranto disqualifying the UPFA Member of Parliament from holding office as an MP because Ms. Geetha Kumarasinghe was holding dual citizenship at the time of seeking nomination to enter Parliament. She was a citizen of Switzerland as well as Sri Lanka. Consequent to the 19th amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, no person can […]

Corbyn Government Will End Military Aid To Sri Lanka: John McDonnell

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By TU Senan – TU Senan The upcoming general election in Britain will not be an ordinary one. Despite the fact that the Labour Party is behind in the polls and suffered some losses in the more rural county council elections, Labour Party could still form a government after 8 June. The popularity of Corbyn’s policies continue to enthuse a huge number of young voters. It was reported that there is a surge in voter registration among young people. As for most of the workers and poor and for the Black and Asian population living in Britain, the choice is somewhat simpler. Either vote for a warmongering, immigrant-hating party that promises to make more cuts in services and further privatise the NHS or vote for […]

Mahinda’s war general faces investigation over Killing in Brazil Embassy!

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Few criminal acts by Mahinda administration. Sri Lankan missions abroad was safe havens for criminals who carried out murder of journalists and other human rights abuses.  Key suspect in the Lasantha Wickrematunga assassination had been given a job in the Sri Lankan embassy in Berlin. Death squad leader had been nominated as a second secretary to the Sri Lankan embassy in Thailand Two STAFF involved in the murder had been given promotions and sent to the United States from Brazil by Mahinda Administration. Retired army major general and author of “Road to Nandikadal” Kamal Gunaratne is under investigation over the murder of an employee at the Sri Lankan embassy in Brazil , foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera announced in parliament. “Road to Nandikadal” the book gives a catalogue of […]

Constitutional proposals contrary to promises given by Prez, PM-NJC

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The National Joint Committee (NJC) has alleged that recently unveiled constitutional proposals are at variance with repeated assurances given by both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding matters of crucial national importance, including the status of Buddhism. The NJC alleges that controversial proposals are contained in an interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly tasked with the constitution making process. Constitutional affairs expert Manohara de Silva, PC, said that in the wake of strong public criticism of the Report on Public Representations on Constitutional Reform (Lal Wijenayake Committee) and reports of Six Sub Committees, the government had reassured that foremost place would be given to Buddhism. Addressing the media at the National Library and Documentation Services […]

British woman helped 6 Sri Lankans reach UK with fake Indian passports

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Before she was caught in March for allegedly aiding four Sri Lankan nationals to illegally travel to the UK with forged Indian passports, a British woman also helped six other Sri Lankans make the journey, the Indian Express reported. The Sahar police have identified British national Julie Ann Warner and Sri Lankan agent Rayappen Thevakumaran (52), who was arrested at Chennai airport on May 4, as the main conspirators in the racket to send Sri Lankans to UK using forged Indian passports. Another Sri Lankan travel agent Mahamuni Logorajan and an Indian agent Rajan, both currently absconding, are also allegedly involved in the racket. fter Chennai immigration officers handed over Thevakumaran to the Sahar police on May 5, the latter have claimed that between January […]

CBK’s office hails cabinet approval for reconciliation policy

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The office of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) today hailed cabinet approval given to Sri Lanka’s first-ever National Reconciliation Policy. President Maithripala Sirisena submitted the National Reconciliation Policy drafted by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), Chaired by Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, for approval by the Cabinet of Ministers this week.  “The decision by the Cabinet of Ministers to approve the policy is historic given that this is the first-ever National Reconciliation Policy to have adopted by Sri Lanka,” ONUR said.  The process of formulating a National Policy on Reconciliation began in September 2015, followed by a series of stakeholder consultations and multiple briefings to related Ministries, under the guidance of former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of ONUR. In September 2016, […]

Consensus on contentious issues not included in draft framework-TNA

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   COLOMBO GAZETTE – TNA slams draft framework of Counter Terrorism Act < http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/04/tna-slams-draft-framework-of-counter-terrorism-act/  >  ADA DERANA – TNA expresses shock over proposed Counter-Terrorism Act < http://www.adaderana.lk/news/40538/tna-expresses-shock-over-proposed-counter-terrorism-act  >  SUNDAY OBSERVER – Counter Terrorism Act needs to be more HR compliant – Prof. Nihal Jayawickrama < http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2017/05/07/news/counter-terrorism-act-needs-be-more-hr-compliant-prof-nihal-jayawickrama  > Consensus on contentious issues not included in draft framework-TNA < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=164612  > By Shamindra Ferdinando The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday alleged that those who had been responsible for formulating controversial policy and legal framework relating to the proposed Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) conveniently ignored consensus reached on some crucial issues at the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security. The TNA said that contentious issues had been taken up at the committee following representations made by the party. Jaffna District MP and TNA […]

EU-Lanka discuss implementation of 27 int’l conventions

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The European Union mission in Colombo yesterday said that discussions were continuing with the government of Sri Lanka in respect of implementation of 27 International Conventions entered into by Sri Lanka. The EU was responding to a statement issued by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran denouncing proposed policy and legal framework relating to the planned Counter Terrorism Act (CTA). Asked whether EU would take up the issue with the government as it had specifically called for bringing in new legislation in place of PTA ahead of the resumption of GSP plus facility to Sri Lanka, Colombo based Counsellor Paul Godfrey said: “We remain in discussion with the Government of Sri Lanka about the progressive implementation of the 27 international conventions that successive governments have signed […]