Explanation sought from those named in Panama Papers et al FM Karunanayake says govt expects response within 2 weeks

By Shamindra Ferdinando The government has sought explanation from those who had been recently named in the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ as well as during 2013 for having offshore holdings. The 2013 revelation pertaining to 42 Sri Lankans had been made by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) also involved in investigation into Panama Papers. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told The Island on Tuesday that they had been given two weeks to explain the circumstances under which they were named in leaked documents of a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which allegedly helped…

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Fishermen urges CM to seeks talks to end dispute

Rameswaram (TN), Jun 1 (PTI) Condemning the arrest of seven Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu, a fishermen body here today urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to seek Centre’s intervention and arrange for talks between the fishermen community of the two countries to resolve the dispute over fishing in “traditional” areas. Referring to the arrest of the seven fishermen from this island town yesterday while fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded by India to Sri Lanka in the 1970s, mechanised boat fishermen’s association asked the Chief Minister…

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‘Never again’

The Government’s ambitious truth and justice project is only as successful as its recognition of the real victims transitional justice mechanisms are supposed to serve and its ability to convince the entire country of the desperate need to acknowledge pain on both sides of the ethnic divide in order to reconcile On a rain-washed evening in Kilinochchi about three weeks ago, Saraswathi Ramasamy related a story, her words tumbling out in a rush as her expert hands deftly sliced a green mango plucked from a tree in the garden. She…

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Restrictions on issuing passports to Sri Lankan Citizens lifted

The Government today issued a circular ending the restrictions placed in March 2011 on the issuance of passports to Sri Lankan citizens resident abroad who, at different times, were compelled to leave Sri Lanka due to conflict or political reasons. In March 2011, instructions had been issued to all Sri Lanka Missions abroad to refrain from issuing passports to those who had applied and gained refugee status or asylum in another country unless they have renounced their refugee and/or asylum status. These instructions constituted a violation of citizen’s rights and…

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