Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Imposes Temporary Travel Ban on Swiss Embassy Staffer Garnier Banister Francis Until Dec 9th and Orders That she Should Provide Statement to CID Within that Period

By Yoshitha Perera The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today issued a temporary travel ban on the Swiss Embassy employee, who was allegedly threatened by a group of unidentified men, until December 9. The Magistrate also directed the employee to provide a statement to the CID within that time. When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, the CID informed Court that the Swiss Embassy employee’s name was found to be Garnier Banister Francis but her current residence could not be located. Representing the Attorney General’s department,…

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Swiss Federal Court rules LTTE not a criminal organisation

The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) are not a criminal organisation and has acquitted 12 people of charges filed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Swiss Info reported. In its indictment, the OAG had accused the people of violating the Swiss Penal Code by raising funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) between 1999 and 2009. After its nine-year investigation, the OAG suspected the accused of financially supporting the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC). But in June 2018 the Federal Criminal…

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Stalin ‘shocked’ with Rajapaksa’s views on political powers for Lankan Tamils

Majority Sinhalese are against the devolution of political powers for Tamils. Gotha says he could not give political powers to the northern and eastern province.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue of the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution with Rajapaksa during his just-concluded visit and hoped that Lanka will pursue the process of reconciliation to fulfil the aspirations of the Tamils for equality, justice, peace, and respect. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/stalin-shocked-with-rajapaksa-s-views-on-political-powers-for-lankan-tamils/story-0q2aoZW31qT6fxvw2LYKOO.html

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UNP says ready to compromise on 19A

UNP insists 19A important, does not want it scrapped Says willing to discuss with SLPP on changes and will back amendments with party approval  Rajitha calls on Government to follow democratic path  The United National Party (UNP) yesterday stated they were ready to compromise on the 19th Amendment (19A), claiming that they are ready to discuss changes to it with the Government, and support any changes provided party approval is given.  UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella told a press conference that they were ready to discuss the 19th Amendment with the…

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Amend Election Laws to Address Crossovers, Expulsions, and Preferential Vote

“In recent past crossovers motivated by bribes of cabinet portfolios, cash bonanzas and other perks have been recorded” A parliamentarian elected by the people under a given party at an election, for a specific period, it is essential, that the member remains with the party he or she represent for the full term. Whether a chosen member is debarred from doing so by the party or not, the member should not be allowed to cross the floor by holding the helpless, voiceless voter to ransom. By allowing this, we change…

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Sri Lanka in Geneva when the UNHRC has its next session

Sri Lanka and Switzerland have got embroiled in a diplomatic row of sorts over the alleged abduction and subsequent release of a Sri Lankan woman working at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo. Curiously, the alleged incident was not reported to the police immediately. The Swiss mission has declined to name ‘the victim’ for reasons of her safety. Let’s, therefore call her Ms X. Bern is reported to have summoned the Sri Lankan Ambassador to register its protest. Colombo is pressuring Swiss envoy Hanspeter Mock, to co-operate with the ongoing police…

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The Patients Of The Mantheevu Leprosy Colony

The elderly man had not seen his family in 40 years. He is sometimes unable to correctly remember numbers. When asked how old he was, Sena Jenejasoriah said, “five-three”. Hospitalised for leprosy, an illness that was incurable a long time ago, Jenejasoriah is disabled, but no longer afflicted by the disease. But he has not been home since the day he was hospitalised.  Jenejasoriah is one of three patients receiving care within the crumbling walls of the Mantheevu Island Leprosy Hospital in Batticaloa. Secluded to an island and cut-off from the rest…

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