When Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena made their first State Visits to India earlier they were nicely treated by India “with sweet talk,” but for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, this attitude changed.

By Austin Fernando (The Writer is a Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India) It is ‘Neighbourhood Policy, ‘Look East,’ ‘Act East.’ All deal with the Indian neighbours. A recent article motivated me to revisit this issue. The author has conveyed happenings between India, Nepal, and Bangladesh and proposed amending Indian policies and actions towards neighbours. For the sake of inclusivity, I wish to supplement some attributes on the subject. India and Nepal The friendly relationship between India and Nepal was affected due to an issue regarding the Kalapani District…

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Raped And Tortured For Collecting The Names Of The Disappeared: ITJP

Young Tamil activists have been abducted, tortured and raped because of their involvement in the search for the truth about the disappeared in Sri Lanka. At least fifteen such victims have been granted refugee status in the UK alone since 2015. “More than a decade after the war end, young Tamils, many of whom have siblings who disappeared in the war, have paid a terrible price for asking for the truth,”said the executive director of the International Truth and Justice Project, Yasmin Sooka. “On the International Day of the Disappeared, we…

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Abolishing the 13th Amendment: Douglas, Angayan and Pillayan support?

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan As expected, the government is gearing up to enact a new constitution. In his first policy-statement delivered on August 20, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared that the government would “formulate a new constitution suitable for the country. In this, the priority will be given to the concept of one country, one law for all the people.” The landslide victory in the parliamentary election, the ability to manufacture the two-thirds majority necessary to introduce a new constitution, and the about 60 percent popular support the government currently…

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MP elect on death row – This is current Sri Lanka

Polls Monitoring groups-PAFFREL (People’s Action for Free and Fair Election) and CMEV (Centre for Monitoring Election Violence) yesterday (2) said that the government would have to abide by the instructions issued by Attorney General Dappula de Livera in respect of MP elect Premalal Jayasekera sentenced to death over a killing in Kahawatte, Ratnapura, in January 2015. The AG has informed the Secretary to the Justice Ministry and the Secretary General of Parliament of Jayasekera being disqualified to serve as a member of parliament and also to exercise his franchise. Acknowledging…

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State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Affairs Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekera says he has been against the Provincial Councils right from the beginning and there is no change of that standpoint

State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Affairs Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekera says he has been against the Provincial Councils right from the beginning and there is no change of that standpoint even though he has been appointed as the minister in charge of them.  Speaking at a ceremony held at the Sri Wickramasingharamaya in Dematagoda on Tuesday, the Minister said that it was his primary duty to ascertain whether the provincial council system should be continued. “The 13th Amendment to the Constitution is something that was forced…

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19A shouldn’t be tampered with – TNA

The TNA said they are NOT in favour of repealing the 19th Amendment, to make way for the adoption of the 20th Amendment. But the pro Sinhale President has appointed his friend Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekera as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Affairs who said that he has been against the Provincial Councils right from the beginning and there is no change of that standpoint. Prime Minister Mahinda who never keeps his promises had supported the appointment. Mahinda is famous for his 13+ promise which…

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