CJ withdraws from Greek bond case; new bench for next hearing

Published : 1:05 am  March 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  857 views  |  

Chief Justice Mohan Peiris has withdrawn himself from the bench scheduled to hear a petition filed by an opposition United National Party Parliamentarian.  Read More →

Canada-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group reconstituted in Ottawa

Published : 1:04 am  March 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  701 views  |  

High Commissioner in Canada Chitranganee Wagiswara hosted a dinner meeting at her official residence to welcome the members of the reconstituted Canada-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group. A group of Canadian parliamentarians elected a new committee with Conservative Parliamentarian Corneliu Chisu as the Chair, and Parliamentarian Joe Daniel and Senator Salama Ataullajan as two Vice Chairs. 11 members were also elected to the Executive Committee. The High Commissioner, while welcoming the Chair and the committee members of the group, said that she is happy to see Deepak Obhrai, MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Minister) at the meeting, who is also a member of the... 

TNA disputes Govt. claim on implementing LLRC recommendations

Published : 1:03 am  March 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  588 views  |  

Colombo Page: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that contrary to Government statements, there’s no progress in the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendation.  Read More →

Gota showcases ‘how the war was ended’ in Galle

Published : 1:03 am  March 27, 2013  |  Category: News, TOP STORY  |  Leave a Comment  |  739 views  |  

“During the last stage of the war, the LTTE set up its artillery positions within civilian encampments and fought amidst the civilians, often dressed in civilian attire. This was a very challenging situation for the armed forces, which acted with great restraint and suffered considerable losses in their efforts to minimise civilian casualties.  Read More →

First DMK, then Jayalalithaa protest Commonwealth meeting in Colombo

Published : 12:09 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  561 views  |  
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Chennai: Hours after her rival, the DMK, urged the Centre to ensure the cancellation of a meeting of Commonwealth country leaders in Sri Lanka, J. Jayalalithaa has demanded the same. The Tamil Nadu chief minister wrote to the Prime Minister, warning that if the meeting is held in Colombo from 15-17 November, it will embolden Sri Lanka.  Read More →

A boat carrying asylum seekers capsizes; two dead

Published : 12:07 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  725 views  |  

A fishing boat carrying nearly 100 asylum seekers capsized off Australia’s west coast on Monday 25 March, authorities said, turning the spotlight on the sensitive issues of refugee policy and border protection ahead of a general election in September.  Read More →

National Peace Council says way forward is shift from accountability to reconsolidation

Published : 12:07 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  779 views  |  

A resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ was passed at the conclusion of the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 March 2013. This US-sponsored resolution was opposed by Sri Lanka which lost the vote by 25 to 13 with eight abstentions.  Read More →

Attack on Malaka and Rehan: Army major’s ‘yes and no’ statement sent to AG

Published : 12:07 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  861 views  |  

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The accuracy of the complaint made by an army major against Malaka Silva and Rehan Wijeratne and the contradictions contained in the affidavit submitted by the major later on  have been sent to the Attorney General (AG) for his advice, the Slave Island police informed Court yesterday.  Read More →

Indian High Commissioner meets Maha Sangha

Published : 1:05 am  March 25, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,078 views  |  

The High Commissioner of India held meetings with venerable senior monks of the Maha Sangha to address their concerns about the two recent unfortunate incidents involving assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in Tamil Nadu, India. He underlined that these were isolated incidents and did not reflect the strong people-to-people bonds that have been an integral part of the close historical, cultural and civilisational ties between the two countries.  Read More →

Resolution both toothless and dangerous: Human Rights Commissioner

Published : 1:04 am  March 25, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  868 views  |  

Says language is mild, but warns of dangerous precedents and consequences in the future arising from UNHRC resolutionBy Lakmal Sooriyagoda The US-backed resolution passed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week was mild in essence, but also indicated dangerous precedents for the future, a local human rights expert warned yesterday. Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa said the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka could be analysed as a soft one with some danger attached to it.  Read More →

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