Devolution of power to the Sri Lankan provinces remains a ticklish bilateral issue

Devolution of Power  However, devolution of power to the Sri Lankan provinces remains a ticklish bilateral issue. There is a demand from Sinhala nationalists to abrogate the 13th  Amendment (13A) which set up elected Provincial Councils. But even here, a tacit Indo-Lankan understanding can be discerned. Jaishankar raised the issue with President Gotabaya because the …

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New Constitution to protect the Buddhist heritage.

Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris revealed on Saturday at Getambe Rajopawanaramaya that a draft of the new Constitution would be presented to Parliament before the end of 2021.  During a conversation with Venerable Keppetiyagoda Siriwimala Nayaka Thera, the Chief Incumbent of Rajaopwanaramaya on Saturday afternoon, Prof. Peiris said that adequate time would be given the stakeholders to discuss, …

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Wartime FM calls for tangible measures to counter Geneva threat

‘How come those who voted for Fonseka still push for an int’l war crime probe?’ By Shamindra Ferdinando Wartime Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama (2007-2010) yesterday (17) said that those who had been tainted by their association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were seeking the cooperation of external and internal elements to undermine …

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TNA, allies call for outfit like IIIM in Syria to probe SL

Three Tamil political parties represented in Parliament backed by several other civil society groups, have urged the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up an evidence gathering mechanism, similar to the International Independent Investigatory Mechanism (IIIM), in relation to Syria, established as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly, with a …

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Setting up of an International Independent Investigatory Mechanism

(Text of Letter sent to all heads of missions of 47 Member states represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) by leaders of Tamil national political parties, members of the Tamil victim communities and Tamil civil society organizations) 15 January 2021 Heads of MissionsMissions of the 47 Member States represented in the UN Human …

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US State Dept. reviews foreign terrorist organizations; LTTE continues to be banned organisation

The US State Department has amended its Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO) list and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) remains to be a banned organisation in it, the State Department said. Under the Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, the LTTE can be seen listed as an organisation designated since 10/8/1997. In a release issued …

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England ‘unconcerned’ by hotel staff’s positive Covid tests

England’s management have insisted they are “not concerned” despite two members of staff at their hotel in Galle testing positive for Covid-19. The England camp were notified on Friday morning that two staff members, both of whom work in the kitchen of the hotel, had tested positive for the virus in tests conducted on Thursday. …

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Sri Lanka: A Return to Threats, Fear: Crackdown on Critics, Disregard for Accountability

A Statement by Human Rights Watch (Lanka-e-News -13.Jan.2021, 11.30PM)  Sri Lanka’s human rights situation has seriously deteriorated under the administration of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. Government security forces have increased intimidation and surveillance of human rights activists, victims of past abuses, lawyers, and journalists. Minority Muslim …

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British MPs call on Foreign Secretary to condemn monument destruction

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, a cross-party group of British parliamentarians, has condemned the destruction of the Mullivaikkal monument at Jaffna University. The group said it had called on the British Foreign Secretary to condemn the ‘vicious attack’ on Tamil remembrance. The incident has already drawn comment from Canada’s Foreign Minister, who said he …

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VC received ‘classified’ instructions to demolish monument

The Vice Chancellor told Ceylon Today he received a‘classified’document demanding the demolition of the war memorial built in the university premises and could not disclose anything beyond that. Former Vice Chancellors were also ordered to demolish the structure but they did not carry out that order, he added. “It’s a classified document and I will …

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“When Devil Rules …”

By Ameer Ali – Dr. Ameer Ali Pei aracandal pinam thinnum caththirankal (when devil rules scholarship eats cadavar), wrote the famous Tamil poet Bharathi, in his memorable Panchali Cabatham. He was referring to the silence of the learned at Dhuriyothana’s court, when the ruler’s brother Dhuchchathana dragged Pandavas’ wife Dhrawpatha by her hair to be stripped in front of everyone. …

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President Nandasena Issues Chilling Warning To Opposition: “I Killed Prabhakaran Like A dog – I Can Become That Person”

Irked by a critical parliamentary speech by an opposition MP, President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday showed chilling flashes of his old self in Ampara vowing to become “Defence Secretary Gotabaya” if necessary. Issuing a not-so-veiled threat against SJB MP Harin Fernando, President Rajapaksa warned that Buddhist monks were always telling him to stop being “President Gotabaya” and take on the …

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“President Insinuates He Is Capable Of Having Me Killed Like A Dog”: Harin Writes To IGP

Opposition Parliamentarian Harin Fernando has written to the Inspector General of Police demanding adequate security against a grave threat to his life after President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa referred to the MP by name in a speech in Ampara on Saturday while recalling that he had killed terrorist leader Prabakaran, a former adversary, “like a dog”. Harin During his speech, …

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