19th October 2018

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Seeks Unscheduled Meeting with Indian Defence Authorities To Discuss Alleged RAW Plot to Assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Seeks Unscheduled Meeting with Indian Defence Authorities To Discuss Alleged RAW Plot to Assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena. By Yohan Perera Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would have a discussion with the Indian authorities on the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, a Spokesman from the Prime Minister’s office said yesterday. Continue reading ‘Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Seeks Unscheduled Meeting with Indian Defence Authorities To Discuss Alleged RAW Plot to Assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena.’ » Sri Lankan President Sirisena Telephones Indian Prime Minister Modi Denying he had Accused Indian Espionage Agency RAW of Plotting to Assassinate Him. By Suhasini Haidar & Meera Srinivasan Worried about the fallout of reports emanating from a Cabinet meet, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday […]

Wimal Weerawansa Says Indian National Suspected of Being Involved in Assassination Plot is an Operative of the Indian Espionage Agency Research and Analysis Wing, Named Rajendrakumar Bearing RAW ID Card No – RB317217/VJ.

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Wimal Weerawansa Says Indian National Suspected of Being Involved in Assassination Plot is an Operative of the Indian Espionage Agency Research and Analysis Wing, Named Rajendrakumar Bearing RAW ID Card No – RB317217/VJ. By Kalathma Jayawardhane The Joint Opposition (JO) today said the Indian national, who claimed of a plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members, was identified as an India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) member bearing the RAW identity card number of RB317217/VJ. JO member MP Wimal Weerawansa told a news conference that they had investigated on this issue and had found out that the Indian national who was arrested in Sri Lanka was named Rajendra Kumar and he was working for the RAW. Continue reading ‘Wimal […]

Armed Forces Occupy Civilian Owned Lands In North and East For Commercial Exploitation Rather Than National Security States Human Rights Watch in New Report.

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Armed Forces Occupy Civilian Owned Lands In North and East For Commercial Exploitation Rather Than National Security States Human Rights Watch in New Report. (Summary of Report Released by Human Rights Watch About Occupation of Civilian Owned Lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka by the Armed Services titled “Why Can’t We Go Home?”) On April 29, 2017, the Sri Lankan navy high command announced it would release 100 acres of land that security forces had been occupying in the Mullikulam area since 2007 to the original owners. For the displaced residents of this coastal village in Mannar on Sri Lanka’s northwest coast, the news came as a huge relief. More than one year later, however, as of August 2018, no land […]

North, island’s highest job creator – WB

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The Northern Province added around 78,000 jobs between 2011 and 2015, a 22 per cent increase in the labour force in the Province, which is also the largest percentage increase in the country, the World Bank (WB) in a report released on 9 October said. However, the jobs added to the labour force were predominantly concentrated in the Jaffna and Vavuniya Districts, two districts with relatively low poverty rates, it said. In the Eastern Province (EP), job growth was predominantly in the industry sector (39,275 out of a total of 41,916 jobs added between 2011 and 2015), and that Province saw a net loss in agriculture sector jobs. Within the industry sector, most of the new jobs were concentrated in manufacturing and construction, in the […]

Postponed Provincial Council Elections: The importance of October 28th, 2018

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If Parliament does not approve of the Delimitation Committee report in the manner prescribed in Act, No. 17 of 2017, the Speaker has to appoint a Review Committee By C. A. Chandraprema The Sabaragamuwa, North Central, Eastern, North Western and Central Provincial Councils have now ceased to exist and the Northern Provincial Council will stand dissolved next week, bringing the number of provinces without functioning Provincial Councils to six. Under normal circumstances, we would already have had elections to the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provinces and been preparing for the second leg with regard to the North Western, Central and Northern Provincial Councils. The law is very clear on when elections to Provincial Councils should be called. According to Article 154E of the Constitution, […]

TNA must strengthen Govt. to serve the interests of Tamil people

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s absolute commitment to solve the major problems faced by the people in the North and the East and bring the hitherto undeveloped districts in the country to be on par with the developed districts is evident from the various steps taken by the government during the last three and a half years. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, he made a firm commitment that the government would continue to implement the UNHRC proposals that could be done within the constitutional framework. In these circumstances it is unfortunate that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson, M. A. Sumanthiran, who was considered as a moderate by the progressive political forces in the country, come up with undue criticism over the President’s UN speech and describe […]

Empowering Jaffna women ‘Thesawalami’ law lacks teeth – WB

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The Jaffna Peninsula’s Thesawalami law, which governs the inheritance of property along matrilineal lines, and grants women the right to own property; nonetheless has certain contradictions which prevents women from optimizing the exercise of such rights, a recent World Bank (WB) report said. Elaborating on the contradictory features of the ‘Thesawalami,’ it said that the control of property however is in the hands of a male guardian which translates to the fact that a woman cannot invest in the property which she owns, nor mortgage, lease, or sell it without the prior permission of her husband or guardian. Gender inequities in customary land laws have increased vulnerabilities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces where women have the sole or primary responsibility for income generation through […]