Pakistani HR lawyer appointed to advise disappearances commission

Published : 1:21 am  August 20, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  247 views  |  

Govt. seeks input from SAARC region President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday announced the appointment of two more foreign experts to advise the Commission of Inquiry on missing persons, bringing the advisory council up to five members. The President formally announced the appointment of Indian human rights activist Avdhash Kaushal and Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer Ahmer Bilal Soofi as advisors to the Paranagama Commission, in order to “seek input” from the SAARC region. Sir Desmond De Silva QC, chairs the advisory council which also includes top war crimes prosecutors Sir Geoffrey Nice and Dr. David Crane. All three Western experts have served as prosecutors on UN war crimes tribunals and... 


Indian expert to push Government and Tamils to compromise

Published : 2:45 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  426 views  |  
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 Avdhash Kaushal opines Manmohan Singh made a big blunder by not attending Commonwealth Summit  Says India has taken a “wrong approach” to Lanka because of the “Tamil Nadu factor Indian human rights activist Avdhash Kaushal, who has been invited by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join a panel of experts which will advise the Presidential Commission on missing persons and war crimes, will urge Rajapaksa and the minority Tamils to go for a compromise, the Indian media reports. The 77-year old Padma Shri award winner said that India had taken a “wrong approach” to Lanka because of the “Tamil Nadu factor”, the New Indian Express reported yesterday. “Manmohan Singh made a big... 


Defence Seminar-2014 inaugurates with over 350 delegates

Published : 2:44 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  444 views  |  
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The year’s flagship project of the Army, ‘Defence Seminar – 2014,’ that articulates diverse challenges, faced by the country in her forward march to prosperity, inaugurates its sessions yesterday at Colombo Galadari Hotel, together with a host of foreign and local delegates. This forum of eminent scholars, intellectuals, policy-makers, security chiefs, think-tanks of different spheres, took its roots, exactly four years ago on a conceptual notion, mooted by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. This year’s meticulously organized three-day ‘Defence Seminar – 2014’ on the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya... 


Karu wants UNP to give Sajith ‘due recognition’

Published : 2:44 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  375 views  |  
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UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya has stated that he is completely in agreement to give Sajith Premadasa “due recognition” in the party in order to get his full support in the Uva Provincial Council Election. He was responding to media reports claiming that Pre-madasa had demanded the deputy leadership of the party in order to support it in the Uva polls. Jayasuriya has also mentioned that the Leadership Council has never got such a request from Sajith Premadasa. He also mentioned that he had invited Premadasa to participate in the Leadership Council on several occasions. Furthermore, Jaya-suriya has reminded that when he was appointed as the Chai-rman he had openly invited... 


Suicide rate up in Jaffna post-war: Uni. Professor

Published : 2:41 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  383 views  |  

Peace returned to Jaffna after a 30-year brutal war in May 2009. But paradoxically, the suicide rate has gone up there since the end of the war. Statistics collected by Dr. Daya Soma-sundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, show that in 2005, at the beginning of Eelam war IV (August 2005 to May 2009), the suicide rate in Jaffna District was about 23 per 100,000 population. But in 2006, when the war began to intensify, it came down to less than 20. As the war progressed in 2007 and 2008, the rate declined further. And in 2009, when the war was at its peak and Tamil society was under severe threat, the suicide rate went down to almost 15 per 100,000. After the war, the suicide rate... 


Amsterdam Uni Prof. of Military Law Terrence Gill to be first KDU Moragoda Endowment Professor

Published : 2:37 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  347 views  |  
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From 19-26 August, the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) will be host to the first series of lectures in international law by a visiting expert funded and introduced by the Moragoda International Law Trust. The Moragoda Endowment Professor of International Law will deliver first lectures and hold Seminars on International Humanitarian Law, the subject of this year’s course selected by the KDU. The first Professor will be Professor Terence Gill, Professor of Military Law at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, author of several works on Military Law and editor of manuals on the subject. Professor Gill expects not only to promote a deeper academic understanding of International... 


Economic Development Ministry and WFP provide relief to drought-stricken people

Published : 12:28 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  189 views  |  
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An integrated special program is planned by the Ministry of Economic Development and United Nations World Food Program(WFP) to provide relief to drought-stricken people in several parts of the country. A special discussion on this issue took place recently with the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, at the Ministry of Economic Development.  It was decided to provide relief by way of food and financial aid to the selected beneficiaries. Accordingly, 191,300 people in 14 districts will be given relief within the first month while 84,450 people will be benefitted during the second month. Beneficiaries numbering 176,400 selected from the districts of Monaragala, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura,... 


UNP blasts extravagant MR regime for neglecting drought victims

Published : 12:27 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  400 views  |  
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The United National Party (UNP) has accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa regime of being extravagant and for neglecting thousands of drought victims. Following is the full text of the UNP’s statement. Sri Lankan ancients used to have a wish for this land; “devo vassatu kalena.. raja bhavatu dhammiko”: may  there be rain in due season..and may the king be righteous.» Our ancestors attributed the timely rains and bountiful harvest to the righteousness of their ruler. In the 21st Century, it is not apt perhaps to blame the current political rulers for the failure of the rains in 14 districts of the island. But this much is a fact. Over a million Sri Lankans are suffering, rains... 


The last stages of the war in Sri Lanka book launched

Published : 12:26 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  242 views  |  
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The Marga Institute and Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) on Friday launched a book titled  “The last stages of the war in Sri Lanka” at BMICH. Here the first copy handed over to Sri Lankan who became the first Asian born elected as a conservative member of the European Parliament Niranjan Joseph De Silva Deva Aditya. Science and Technology Minister Prof.Tissa Vitharana and Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal are also present -  Read More →


Protests persists in Chennai over derogatory article on Lankan website

Published : 12:24 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  236 views  |  

Reuters: Workers of regional party in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK), on Sunday (August 17), staged a protest over derogatory article published on Sri Lanka’s defence ministry website about state chief Jayaram Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An article titled: ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi’ had appeared on Sri Lankan defence ministry website with pictures of Jayalalithaa dreaming about Indian PM Modi. The headline and illustration referred to Jayalalithaa writing many letters to Modi regarding the frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. However, the article was later removed from... 


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