63 New entrants to Parliament and 13 Women legislators

There are 63 new entrants to Parliament this year, among whom is Shanthi Sriskandarajah, a knee-down amputee of a leg, a National List MP of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). She, along with an interesting array of new legislators, will on Tuesday (1) be sworn in as Members of the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka. Ms Sriskandarajah, a government servant, who was Deputy Director -Planning at Turukkali in the Wanni District, lost her leg in a shell blast in February 2009. However, undeterred by the personal tragedy, she was back…

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Wimal plays Racist card again.

In addition to constitutional and electoral proposals, Close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksha and a known man who plays racist card to gain Votes Wimal Weerawansa said that his party the NFF is of the belief that there shouldn’t be negotiations whatsoever with India or any country or ‘non-state actor’ as regards amendments to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as well as its full implementation. The party also stressed that South Africa or any other external power should not be considered for the role of facilitator in post-war Sri Lanka, It is…

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Women in estate TUs not empowered

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody General Secretary of the People’s Workers Union (PWU) said women in the estate and plantation sector trade unions, particularly in the tea industry, were not empowered through proper education and training to take up leadership and participate in policy and decision making. PWU General Secretary Attorney-at-Law Eliyathamby Thambiah said women were the majority force playing the leading role in most aspects of production like tea picking, weighing and measuring. He said even if women were involved they were merely there for the namesake and were made…

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Diplomatic corps briefed on Ekneligoda case FM on MS-RW strategy to change SL’s dierction

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that as much as the government needed invaluable support of the international community in terms of technical expertise in the setting up of domestic mechanisms and assistance for  peacebuilding related efforts such as resettlement, infrastructure development, and providing psycho-social support, the administration was of the opinion the time has now come to focus on strengthening economy. A stronger economy would be key to ensuring long-term peace and stability and preventing the recurrence of conflict, the minister said. Minister Samaraweera was addressing the Colombo-based diplomatic community…

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Australia supports government’s democratic reform

Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie, said that Australia supported the government’s democratic reform and good governance agenda and would continue to encourage the Sri Lankan government to maintain its commitment to this agenda, to the improvement of human rights, to meaningful progress on reconciliation, including accountability, and to continued engagement with all relevant stakeholders, including the diaspora. She said this while giving a guest lecture at an event organised by the Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni at the Lakshman Kadirgamir Institute, the Australian High Commission said today. High…

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Tamil parties turn down U.S. call for internal ‘war crimes’ probe

Parties reach consensus that only an international investigation mechanism can deliver justice. Leaders representing three constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday rejected the stand of the U.S., which favoured a domestic investigation mechanism on alleged crimes during the final stages of the Eelam War. The leaders of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), who met for four hours in Colombo, felt that justice would be possible only through an international probe. M.K. Shivajilingam, TELO’s national organiser, said the three…

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US Begins Operation To Defend Sri Lanka

First informal meeting on September 17 By Easwaran Rutnam The United States last week set in motion an operation to seek support for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva and the process will see heightened diplomatic activity as D-day nears for Sri Lanka at the Council. The US Ambassador to Geneva Keith Harper informed the UNHRC at its organisational meeting for the 30th session, that the US, on behalf of a core group, plan to offer a resolution on Sri Lanka to follow up on…

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UNHRC decision will be based on US resolution

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will decide future course of action on Sri Lanka on the basis of a US resolution scheduled to be moved at the 30th sessions next month. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Kolonne told The Island that UNHRC would decide on the recommendations contained in a report submitted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) through the passage of a resolution. Kolonne said: “This is not something new. Resolutions are the means by which decisions in the UNHRC are taken.”…

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Fonseka Refutes Karuna’s Contention That Prabhakaran Shot Himself

COLOMBO: Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who commanded the Sri Lanka Army during the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV, has refuted the contention of former Tamil Tiger commander “Col” Karuna Amman, that Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran had shot himself dead and was not killed by Lankan troops as claimed. “He had a head injury in which a part of the skull had come off. If he had shot himself, the bullet would have come out from the other side of the head. But this had not happened. He might have been hit…

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TNPF For ‘Two-Nations in One Country’: Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

This statement is being released with the intension of clarifying the Tamil National People’s Front’s (TNPF) policies regarding what we consider to be a solution to the Tamil National Question and our position onaccountability regarding international human rights law and international humanitarian law violations that were committed against the Tamil people. As regards the solution to the Tamil National Question, the TNPF stands for a policy based on the notion of ‘Two-Nations in One Country’ – namely that the Sri Lankan State (country) comprises of the numerically larger Sinhala nation…

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SLFP was chauvinist from the very inception and Mahinda only expanded it in the recent past.

http://epaper.dailynews.lk/?id=08&tday=2015/08/26    DAILYNEWS 26 AUG PAGE 8 ARTICLE OF Dr Vickramabahu Inspite of our repeated attempt to classify Mahinda politics as a version of fascism there was much silent opposition. They had many arguments but the basic idea is that SLFP was chauvinist from the very inception and Mahinda only expanded it in the recent past. Yes, it is rue that the SLFP had a Sinhala nationalist tendency and that was responsible for the, 57 racist violence. However at that stage it was mixed with a popular mass upsurge against western…

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Summer Sports Festival 2015 – 31st August 2015

We Welcome you all for the TSSA & Its Event Partner Nachiyar Events Presents Summer Sports Festival -2015 Powered by Lebara. 31st August 2015 @ 9am (Bank Holiday) RAYNES PARK SPORTS GROUND Tauton Avenue RAYNES PARK SW20 0BH Cricket, Netball & Many More Tradition Games * MR TSSA & MISS TSSA Competition * Karakaatam & POP Shows* RAP & Banghara Shows                                                                    * Food *Shopping *Auctions*Live updates by eiKard*Circus for Kids Please find the Programme Agenda Below. Program Agenda 7.00 – Ground Open 9.00 – Sports Start 11.00 – Auction-1…

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PRESS STATEMENT – Opposition party in Parliament

PRESS STATEMENT At the General Election held on the 17th of August 2015, the United National Party (UNP) emerged as the party with the largest number of seats in Parliament. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) obtained the second largest number of seats. It has been announced that a National Government has been formed and that Members of Parliament who contested and were elected under both the UNP and the UPFA have accepted cabinet portfolios. Accordingly, both the UNP and the UPFA bear collective cabinet responsibility. As political parties in…

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UK says fully committed to UN process, follow-up action War crimes probe

By Shamindra Ferdinando The British government yesterday said that its position vis-a-vis the investigation undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) into alleged war crimes accusations hadn’t changed. The British HC in Colombo was responding to a query by The Island whether the US had consulted UK regarding its decision to back Sri Lanka’s domestic investigation into alleged war crimes accusations and whether UK would throw its weight behind the proposed US resolution in Geneva backing the Sri Lankan initiative. The OHCHR ordered an exhaustive external investigation…

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Bid to verify identities of those in C4 footage causes controversy Probe commenced in 2013– SLA

By Shamindra Ferdinando Army headquarters yesterday said that the Military Police were in the process of closely checking Channel 4 News video footage in a bid to establish whether those in uniform were actually Sri Lankan troops. Military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera emphasised that the investigation had been launched in 2013 on a directive issued by the previous government. Brigadier Jayaweera said that it was an on-going process. Former UPFA Southern Provincial Councillor Major (retd.) Ajith Prasanna yesterday however said that the government should never recognise the British media outfit bent on…

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US Falls in Line With India on Lanka War Crimes Probe

COLOMBO: The United States appears to have fallen in line with India’s consistent position that charges of war crimes and human rights violations relating to Sri Lanka are best investigated by an independent and credible domestic mechanism rather than an intrusive international mechanism, threatening its sovereignty. The US, which had made the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) pass a resolution calling for an international investigation into the charges in the March 2014, has climbed down to accepting a independent and credible domestic investigation. It has also said that it will…

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Tamils Firm on Demand for International Inquiry: TNA

COLOMBO:  A senior leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that the Tamils will keep pressing for an international probe into charges of war crimes against the Lankan government even though the US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Nisha Biswal, has made it clear that the US will only seek an independent and credible Lankan domestic probe. “Just as the Sri Lankan government has an agenda which it will press, we Tamils also have an agenda, which we will press,” said C V K Sivagnanam, Chairman…

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ITAK wants Opposition Leader post

The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) today said that the party’s Parliamentary Group Leader must thus be recognized as the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with Parliamentary practice and convention as they have now emerged as the largest political party in Opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament. In a statement issued today, the Tamil party pointed out that following the General Election on August 17 the United National Party (UNP) emerged as the party with the largest number of seats in Parliament while the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) obtained…

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Government seeks shift from focus on human rights

The Government has urged the international community to focus on other issues in Sri lanka and not just the human rights issue. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the diplomatic community based in Sri Lanka that for far too long now, Sri Lanka’s relationship with the international community has been dictated by ‘human rights’. “I can confidently say that the Government of President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is committed to address human rights and related issues, work on changing the political culture and achieve meaningful reconciliation. In fact the President, in keeping…

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is directly involved in the murder of MP Nadaraja Raviraj?

Information that has come to light in the course of the investigation into the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda confirms that former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is directly involved in the murder of MP Nadaraja Raviraj and his two bodyguards in Narahenpita. Making submissions to courts earlier, the CID said the then chief bodyguard of former Navy commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and head of the Navy’s white van gang, Lt. Commander Sampath Munasinghe alias Navy Sampath, had committed these murders. In a confession, Navy Sampath has said that Raviraj was murdered…

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