Sri Lanka strengthens laws against terrorist financing

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Wednesday sought parliamentary approval to strengthen laws against terrorist financing and said a local inquiry into alleged human rights abuses would help create better conditions for foreign investment. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the amendments, giving effect to United Nations regulations on terrorist financing, were in line with the country’s international obligations. The amendments include widened coverage of freezing orders, expanded provisions for handling foreign requests, reporting of attempted transactions and redress for persons inadvertently affected. “The amendments are aimed at strengthening Sri…

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Sirisena Allows Singing of Lankan National Anthem in Tamil

COLOMBO: In a major reconciliatory move, Sri Lankan President Mathripala Sirisena will be sending a circular to all institutions saying that there is no bar on singing the Lankan national anthem in Tamil. He will thus be lifting an unofficial ban existing since 2010, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa let it be known that government will frown on singing the anthem in Tamil. Schools and other institutions, which were using the Tamil version of “Sri Lanka Matha, Apa Sri Lanka” since 1951, stopped doing so. Sirisena announced his decision to lift…

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Sinhala Buddhist vote and LLRC

Sri Lanka has a tried and tested legal system bequeathed to it by the British. It has produced eminent jurists in the calibre of Neville Samarakoon (QC), who as Chief Justice (CJ), withstood the might of his once good friend, President J.R. Jayewardene by delivering judgments against him, despite Jayewardene’s record steamroller five-sixths majority in Parliament and his audacity to say the only thing he cannot do is to “make a man a woman and a woman, man.” Samarakoon wasn’t killed because he took that stand, nor was he impeached,…

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Six-point criteria for dual citizenship

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Public Peace, Disaster Management and Christian Religious Affairs, Chulananda Perera, said the government has decided to declare the six-point criteria required to qualify for dual citizenship. Expressing his views to Ceylon Today, Perera said the qualifications required to obtain dual citizenship have been prepared according to a new administrative system and that Cabinet approval was granted last week. Accordingly, among the requirements to qualify in order to obtain dual citizenship, a person should possess professional or educational qualifications and own immovable property worth…

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Why were the Tamil Political Prisoners NOT given Presidential pardon? MP Sumithiran promises to look in to it?

Mr Rajendra Vinasithamby Thank you for this valuable information. The next meeting of the committee appointed by the Solicitor General will take place on the 31st. I will take these matters up then. At the last meeting we sort of reconciled the numbers – 275 was my rough guess, and that was confirmed by the state agencies. Sent from my iPad M A Sumanthiran B Sc LLM Attorney at Law Member of Parliament (TNA) 3/1 Daya Road Colombo 0060 Sri Lanka Phone: +94112366314 Fax: +94112503107 Dear Mr Sumanthiran MP I…

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