4th May 2018

Abolishing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution

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Monks who participated in a conference organized by the National Organizations Front yesterday (3) said they were opposed to the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which aims to abolish the Executive Presidency, as it could pose a threat to the sovereignty of the country. Submitting the 20th Amendment, as a Private Member Bill, is a plan of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). A few Parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition (JO), including Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also said that they would support the Bill conditionally. The condition they proposed to the JVP was that if the Bill gets passed, the Parliament should also be dissolved on the very same it is passed. The JVP responding to that said they were open for discussions with […]

Keeping Time On World Press Freedom Day

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Sri Lanka ranks 131 on the Reporters Without Borders 2018 World Press Freedom Index, an improvement of 10 points in the space of a year. The reason for this may be the line of red zeros within the country report – no journalists, citizen journalists or media assistants were killed in Sri Lanka 2018. However, as the Index notes, many of the investigations into killings in the past have gone unpunished. The world has already begun to forget. In 2016, Sri Lanka dropped off the Committee to Protect Journalist’s Impunity Index for the first time. Yet, answers for past killings and abductions have not been forthcoming. April 28, 2018 marks 13 years since Dharmaretnam (alias “Taraki”) Sivaram was abducted. Journalists in the North and East staged protests, highlighting the continued […]

SL President’s secretary threatens Jaffna University against May 18 Remembrance statue

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Kalupage Austin Fernando, the secretary to SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, has threatened the Jaffna University administration and the student community not to embarrass the SL President by proceeding with their plan of launching a memorial statue within the premises of the University of Jaffna in remembrance of Eezham Tamils who perished in the genocidal war in 2009. A highly placed source at the administration of the University of Jaffna told TamilNet that Mr Fernando as threatening the university community in a teleconference meeting at the presence of Vice-Chancellor Professor R. Vigneswaran. Austin Fernando, who maintains a close rapport with the Sinhala Buddhist Establishment and Dayaka of several Buddhist temples, is also well connected to foreign Powers influencing the affairs of the genocidal State in Colombo. Full story >> […]