Lanka war used as example to create app

The war in Sri Lanka and footage obtained using mobile phones has been used as an example by a leading legal body to create a new mobile phone app enabling civilians in conflict-torn countries to capture and share verifiable footage of war crimes. Mobile phone footage of human rights abuses, mainly shared on social media in recent years, is often fake, impossible to verify or lacking the information necessary to be used as evidence in court, said the International Bar Association (IBA). The Reuters news agency reported that the “EyeWitness to Atrocities”…

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Majority for national government – LMD/TNS nationwide poll

TNS Lanka’s latest survey, for business magazine LMD, sheds light on the political undercurrents and key governance concerns in present-day Sri Lanka. The results of the monthly countrywide poll reveal that a majority of respondents (53%) agree that Sri Lanka should be run by a ‘national government,’ with some going so far as to suggest that the system has delivered a ‘new beginning’ for the country. “Moreover, at least six-in-10 respondents state that a national government should represent all political parties, mainly because it would provide an opportunity to obtain…

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Smugglers paid to turn back boat with Lankans

Australian officials allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to turn a boat full of asylum seekers, including several Sri Lankans, back to Indonesia, Australian media reported today. A boat carrying 65 people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, who were seeking asylum in New Zealand, was boarded by Australian custom officers in late May, Fairfax reported on Wednesday. Asylum seekers on board the boat described being kept in “jail-like conditions” on a navy ship as navy and Customs officials intercepted, before the boat was turned around and…

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New Tamil alliance opposes electoral system approved by Cabinet

The newly-formed alliance of minor Tamil parties in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), has expressed its opposition to the electoral system agreed upon by the Cabinet yesterday. The leader of the TPA, Mano Ganesan, said his alliance vehemently opposed the system approved by the Cabinet which keeps the number of parliamentarians at 225. The Cabinet yesterday approved the electoral system proposed in the 20th Amendment by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. According to the Prime Minister’s proposal the number of seats in Sri Lanka’s Parliament will remain at 225.…

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Is it or isn’t it? Confusion over ground water contamination in Chunnakam

by Dhaneshi Yatawara Two separate investigations were carried out earlier to determine ground water contamination in Chunnakam, which led to confusion. The reports came out in April with one report that ground water was not so badly contaminated and the other claiming the spread of contamination had reduced. However, investigations by the expert committee appointed by the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage revealed that the ground water in the area surrounding the Chunnakam power plant was contaminated with oil and grease and was unsuitable for use. School…

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Police failed to arrest Vithya’s Rapist

By Mirudhula Thambiah Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran, said the Police failed to arrest the main suspect of the Punguduthivu rape and murder at the appropriate time. She had made all possible attempts to surrender the suspect but Police failed to take immediate action and come to the scene of the crime. “The Police officer who did the mistake will be identified soon and will be dealt with,” she said. Following are excerpts: ? : There are allegations that you helped the Punguduthivu main suspect to escape from…

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Rape & Child Abuse Tragedy

By Mano Ratwatte – It was with great trepidation that a lot of us émigré Sri Lankans read the story on the horrible abduction, rape and murder of an 18 year old in Jaffna. Rape is a heinous crime by itself. Rape and murder is carried out by vile men and it is not about romance, or love or even having sex for pleasure. It is a violent sadistic crime and it is about savage men exercising violent control over women. In the US it is estimated that 300,000 women…

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