UNHRC chief due in June

UN Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zeid bin  Ra’ad, will visit Sri Lanka in June this year, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera informed Parliament. Mr. Samaraweera said this visit was in line with the UNHRC’s new focus on Sri Lanka. He also said Sri Lankan forces were slated to play a greater role in the UN’s peace keeping activities in the future. Mr. Samaraweera said it was necessary to clear the reputation of the Sri Lankan armed forces and to take action against the few members of the armed forces who…

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What did Mahinda tell Modi?

Wijeratne called on Singh and produced photographs of the IPKF raping Tamil girls Everyone keeps guessing as to what former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Premier Narendra Modi discussed a few hours before the latter’s departure to New Delhi after a two-day State visit. Mahinda went to meet Modi after making accusations that the Indian intelligence service RAW connived with Western intelligence forces to topple his government. Mahinda contended that Modi was unaware of that intelligence plot by RAW and the West. No officials were present at the talks between…

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The other side of Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit

Ever since becoming the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, Narendra Modi has concentrated on building strong diplomatic ties with foreign nations. The process began with the swearing-in ceremony of the new Indian Prime Minister when Modi extended a formal invite to the heads of state of neighbouring countries which included Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There were two principle intentions behind the move. The first was obviously to attempt a geo-political re-alignment in the region aimed at containing China’s influence in South Asia. The second one was slightly personal.…

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There wasn’t a single sword raised or shot fired in anger against the British colonialists in the North for one and a half centuries, by the Tamils!

”If I was a Muslim I would definitely have voted Against Mahinda Rajapaksa” says DAYAN JAYATILLEKA BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Sri Lankan civil society intellectuals and commentators who support the new dispensation are making the same mistake as Francis Fukuyama did, but in a far more facile and therefore far less forgivable form. When the Cold War ended, Fukuyama famously posited the End of History. It was crudely misunderstood to mean that history as a narrative had arrived at a terminus, which is not at all what he meant. Fukuyama…

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Sri Lanka to review LTTE ban!

Mangala Samaraweera Seeks Review of Proscribed 16 LTTE Entities and 424 Individuals in the Global Tamil Diaspora. “No Country can Take Cover Behind Concept of Absolute Sovereignty which is no Longer Valid in the Modern World”-Mangala Samaraweera The Government is to review the ban on some diaspora groups and individuals as there is no tangible evidence to link them to the LTTE. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament today that the previous government used the UN Regulation No. 1 of 2012 under UN Security Council resolution 1373 to list 424…

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EPDP Backing A Land Grab In Jaffna?

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – A candidate of the EPDP at the last NPC elections, accompanied by three accomplices, is attempting to grab privately owned land between the Navatkuli Junction and the Palmyra Research Institute amounting to hundreds of acres. This person is Sethu Thedchana Murthy (Pulavar). He lives near the Pillaiyar temple in Kantharmadam,Jaffna and is a marriage broker. Inquiries reveal that he has been involved in many fraudulent activities. His accomplices, one of whom is a well built young man, were not ready to divulge their identities. The Pulavar…

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Mahinda gets earful from Modi!

What did Indian PM Narendra Modi and Lankan Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Discuss at their One to one Meeting in Colombo? At the Modi-Mahinda meeting over the weekend, the Indian prime minister has severely reprimanded former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, reports say. A day before the Indian premier arrived in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa gave an interview to India’s ‘The Hindu’, alleging RAW, the Indian spy agency, of being responsible for his ouster. Following the publication of this interview, Indian high commission officials had immediately cancelled Rajapaksa’s meeting with Narendra Modi. However, the…

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Hakeem promises potable water to CKD affected areas

By Ifham Nizam Then Water Supply, Drainage and Urban Development Ministry has taken steps to supply clean drinking water to areas prone to kidney diseases. Addressing a briefing in Colombo on Monday in connection with the forthcoming World Water Day (March 22), Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the government was exploring the possibility of desalinating sea water in northern and eastern provinces. He said his ministry was also working on the century old sewerage network of the country. It would be rehabilitated, he added A ministry official said that work was now…

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EU delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka to discuss GSP plus

COLOMBO, March 18 (Xinhua) — A high-level delegation from the EU will arrive in Sri Lanka next week to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan government on the GSP plus trade concessions which has been withdrawn from Sri Lanka during the previous regime, the Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday. Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Ministry quoted EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly as saying that the EU Trade Working Group, a senior delegation on GSP plus, will be in the country on March 23 to have discussions about…

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Concern in Parliament Over SL PM’s Remarks on Indian Fishermen

Members in Parliament today voiced concern over remarks of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that his country’s navy has the right to shoot any “intruder”, prompting the government to express willingness for a debate on the issue. Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and AIADMK leader M Thambidurai drew attention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to the statement of Wickramsinghe as soon as she made a statement in the House on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius. Thambidurai said the Sri Lankan Prime Minister…

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