Where from here 13-A?

By N Sathiya Moorthy At a joint media-meet after talks with visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared his nation’s desire for implementing 13-A, signed between the two nations, as far back as 1987 to find the promised post-war political solution to the vexatious ethnic issue. Elsewhere in the Indian capital, PM Rajapaksa announced his Government’s willingness to talk to elected Tamil representatives, and pointed out that it would become possible only after the twin-polls to the nation’s Parliament and also to the Provincial Council.…

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For Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew the Problem of Sri Lanka was the Perspective and Project of “Sinhalese Supremacy Over the Tamils” and the unwillingness or inability of Sinhala leaders to Transcend it

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Unarguably, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) is the most universally respected Asian statesman of our time. He is esteemed from Washington to Havana, from Moscow to Beijing; from East to West and North to South, both for the quality of his mind and his conspicuous practical success as a transformational leader. LKY is also known as the one who encouraged and to a great extent inspired Deng Xiaoping’s economic revolution in a seminal conversation in 1978. Lee made 33 visits to China and was acquainted with five generations…

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256 containers of UK hospital waste lying in Colombo Port: AG seeks order to vary earlier court directive

by Chitra Weerarathne Attorney General Dappula de Livera, yesterday, filed a motion in the Court of Appeal, seeking to vary an earlier court order that no step should be taken by the Sri Lankan authorities, regarding the 256 containers of hospital waste brought here from the UK.  Senior Deputy Solicitor General, Milinda Gunetilleke, who appeared for the AG yesterday, said that the UK authorities were not willing to participate in discussions to send back the garbage while a court order was in force. The Centre for Environmental Justice and Hemantha…

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Sri Lanka tells UN it will take its own path to reconciliation

Sri Lanka has told the United Nations that as a sovereign State it will take its own path to reconciliation. Speaking at the Security Council Open Debate on ‘Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations’ Kshenuka Senewiratne, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN said that Sri Lanka will continue to establish its own priorities. “In our experience, while certain lessons can be learnt from others, it is imperative to chart our own path to reconciliation in order for it to be sustainable. Sri Lanka is…

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Sri Lanka has GSP+ access to Britain for another year: UK Envoy

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has the same level of trade access as earlier under the GSP+ preferential trade scheme for one year after the UK left the European Union,  British High Commission Sarah Hulton has said. A new preferential trade scheme is on the way and will go into effect in 2021, she added in remarks made to the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association in Colombo. “Sri Lanka will continue to benefit from the same level of access on its exports to the UK that it currently receives from GSP+…

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TNA assured EU decisions will reflect matters raised by its leader, Sampanthan

The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the visiting EU delegation to pressure President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government to fully implement the accountability resolution co-sponsored by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Oct. 2015. The resolution called for hybrid war crimes courts with foreign judges, including those representing Commonwealth countries. The European Union delegation led by Paola Pampaloni Director, Deputy Managing Director, Asia Pacific met Leader of the Tamil National Alliance Sampanthan on Monday, Feb 10 in Parliament. MP Sampanthan briefed the delegation on the long process that has gone on to find a political solution…

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Wiggy challenges allegations he did not spend money allocated to NPC

by Dinasena Ratugamage Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said that all government funds received during his tenure as the CM had been spent. Wigneswaran said not a cent had been returned to the Treasury. The retired Supreme Court justice said so in response to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s claim in India during his recent visit that funds allocated to the NPC had been returned. Wigneswaran questioned whether Premier Rajapaksa had made a deliberate attempt to deceive the public and score some points over the former NP administration. Reiterating…

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Credible information of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva’s involvement, in gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings….

The Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defense Staff, as required under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to credible information of his involvement, through command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings, by the 58th Division of the Sri Lanka Army during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s Civil War in 2009. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State…

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