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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