18th August 2017

Lanka appoints first Tamil Navy chief after four decades

18th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Colombo, Aug 18 (PTI) Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah was today appointed as the chief of Sri Lanka’s naval forces, making him the first from the minority Tamil community to head the Navy since the brutal civil war erupted in the country 45 years ago. Sinniah, who played a decisive role in the destruction of the LTTE warships in deep sea during the height of the civil war, was appointed as the Navy chief by President Maithripala Sirisena. “Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, who has served Sri Lanka Navy with immense loyalty for many decades, took office as the Navy Commander today,” President Sirisena tweeted. His services will be effective from August 22. Sinniah succeeds Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne who has retired. He is the second Tamil to […]

International judges can’t operate in Sri Lanka: Minister

18th August 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, AUG 18:   International judges cannot work in Sri Lanka to hear cases of alleged war crimes blamed on the government troops and the LTTE as the Sri Lnakan Constitution does not permit it, new Foreign Minister Thilak Marapona said today. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in 2015 called for a hybrid international mechanism to hear alleged cases of war crimes blamed on the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “Sri Lanka’s Constitution does not allow foreign judges to operate in the country and hear cases,” Marapona told reporters here. He said, “We have told the international community that our constitution does not permit that and they have accepted it.” The minister said the UNHRC […]