Govt Has Not Fulfilled Promises Given To Tamil People – Suresh Premachandran

by Thushari Nathaniel Former TNA MP Suresh Premachandran stated that despite the government’s promises to the Tamil people, there are many who are still in camps and are unable to go back to their own lands. Although the government promised to expedite the resettlement process, only a very few were resettled and the majority of them are still in the same predicament. Most of the people want to go back to their own lands as only then can they get on with their livelihood activities whether it is farming or…

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Paranagama refutes cluster munition claims

Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP), Maxwell Paranagama said that there was no credible evidence to suggest that the Sri Lankan Army used cluster munitions during the war. The UN High Commissioner had called for an independent and impartial investigation to be carried out, in light of recent reports on new evidence that has emerged on the use of cluster munitions towards the end of Sri Lanka’s conflict. This was following similar allegations in the OHCHR report. Citing paragraph 33 of the report…

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FM Samaraweera accused of acting contrary to the Constitution

The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has accused Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of reaching agreements and understanding with a section of the international community at the expense of Sri Lanka’s interests. The GSLF has, in a letter to foreign missions of countries represented at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), alleged that Minister Samaraweera’s actions at the UNHRC were inconsistent with Sri Lanka’s Constitution. The GSLF has said that Foreign Minister Samaraweera couldn’t pursue policies contrary to the Extraordinary Gazette No. 1933/13 dated Sept. 21, 2015 governing the…

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GL alleges Geneva intervention aims to promote separatism

By Shamindra Ferdinando  Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris on Sunday alleged that the ongoing high profile Geneva exercise spearheaded by Western powers was clearly meant to divide the country on ethnic lines. Their real objective was to bring in constitutional changes to achieve what Prof. Peiris called despicable objective. The former Law Professor was addressing a group of professionals at Nugegoda on Sunday evening. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was also present. Arranged by Viyathmaga, an organisation seeking to educate the public regarding contentious issues, the forum…

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Leading Tamil diaspora group backs Zeid’s oral update on Sri Lanka

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil disapora group based in London,  has welcomed the oral update provided by High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 29 June in Geneva. “We commend the High Commissioner and his office for their forthright assessment and concur with their observation that the promise of governance reform and transitional justice are yet to be fully delivered, and risks stalling or dissipating,” GTF said. GTF says that while acknowledging the Sri Lankan Government’s…

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JO says it will contest LG polls separately

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Leader of the Democratic Left Front (DLF), MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday said the Joint Opposition (JO) would contest the next Local Government elections as a separate political party or front. Addressing a press conference at the Dr N. M. Perera Centre in Borella, Nanayakkara noted that the JO would vie with what he called the UNP-Sirisena government. Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Communist Party D. E. W. Gunasekera observed that there were serious issues between the UNP-SLFP unity government and as well as within the…

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“Sirisena Gave Me ‘Maha Rajano’ Title”, Claims Rajapaksa (VIDEO)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed that he was elevated to the state of a king for the first time by the current President Maithripala Sirisena, who was the first to use the term “Maha Rajano.” Once senior ministers started using this term, it was natural for others to follow their lead, he added. Speaking at a public meeting in Balangoda, Ratnapura District, Rajapaksa also claimed that he had always asked his supporters not to refer to him as a king since it was a bad omen. He hit out at…

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High powered Ratwatte committee meet to discuss Brexit, ETCA

By Saman Indrajith A 12-member prime ministerial sub committee to find ways and means of countering possible ill-effects of Britain’s exit from the European Union and to expedite the signing of the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement with India and a bilateral trade pact with China, met for the first time yesterday. Former Treasury Secretary Charitha Ratwatte acts as the Convenor of the committee appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Its other members are Governor of the Central Bank Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy, former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Secretary to…

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